Fawcett Nature Reserve
Trumpeter Swans. S. Scanlon.
Located just west of Washago, the Robert and Emily Fawcett Natural Area is a 38 hectare wetland donated to the Nature Conservancy of Canada in 1991 by Catherine E Ferry and Harold H. Fawcett. Ownership of this parcel was transferred to The Couchiching Conservancy in 2013. It is immediately adjacent to the Trent-Severn Waterway, and is a good example of southern Shield habitats.
- treed with Red Maple in much of the wetland area; open wetland areas have dead Cedars and Sphagnum mats with fen species
- granite ridge provides a pleasant walk with views over the wetland
- uncommon plants include Sundew, Pitcher Plant, Pink Moccasin Orchid and Skunk Cabbage
- habitat and nesting area for song birds such as wood warblers, thrushes and vireos, American Bitterns and Red-shouldered Hawks
- home to Spring Peepers, Green, Wood and Tree Frogs
Visit this Nature Reserve
Best time to visit: year-round, but can be buggy in late spring
Hwy 11 North to Anchor Drive/Agner Road exit; left over Hwy 11 to Fawcett Drive; turn north for 1 km to Severn River and park near the bridge (don’t block roadway or park on lawns). Walk along access road beside the Canal and look for Conservancy sign. Best access into property is on the ridge, about 500 m further along.