The 23-hectare (56-acre) Ross's Woods is part of the Five Points Woods Wetland Complex and an important wildlife refuge. The mixed deciduous/coniferous forest contains unusual habitats such as stands of hemlock and many large mature trees of various species. Streams support cold-water fish species, and spring-fed provincially significant wetlands furnish essential habitat for amphibians and turtles. Rare species of dragonflies, butterflies, birds, and plants make their homes here. Ross's Woods and adjacent lands are regularly visited and inhabited by 150 bird species, at least 35 of which are priority species in Bird Conservation Region 13, and at least 2 which are Species at Risk. This area has been identified as a significant area where wintering birds gain shelter from adverse weather conditions. A groundwater-fed stream remains open most of the winter, providing birds with water for drinking and bathing.
Left: Photo courtesy of Daria Koscinski.
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In the year 2020, Thames Talbot Land Trust celebrated its 20th anniversary, and since its inception, the organization has grown slowly but steadily. By the end of 2018, the Trust had taken on responsibility for over 1500 acres (600 hectares) of land across 15 nature reserves. Our previous campaigns held to get to that number have centred on single properties. With the Vision 20/20 campaign, the Trust has taken direct action on long-term protection of multiple conservation lands in the counties of Elgin, Oxford, and Middlesex, all within the Carolinian Zone.
Meet the various nature reserves under the Vision 20/20 Campaign.
Although progress has been made, there is still more to do.
Click here to help us officially complete our Vision 20/20 campaign.
Photo courtesy of Sean Brown.