Success! Colpoy's Bay East Nature Reserve has been protected.
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Thanks to the collective efforts of more than 650 donors, the vital forests of Colpoy’s Bay East Nature Reserve will endure; benefitting generations to come with their tremendous beauty and biodiversity.
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Colpoy's Bay East Nature Reserve
Peninsula section (Map 36)
402 acres | 1.7 km of Bruce trail Optimum Route
Eight kilometres north of Wiarton, overlooking the iconic Colpoy's Bay sits our latest conservation opportunity: Colpoy's Bay East Nature Reserve.
This 402-acre property is flush with iconic Niagara Escarpment features including a significant interior forest, one of the most valuable forest systems in Ontario. Naturally buffered from human structures and open areas, this forest is home to:
- Mature Sugar Maples
- Rare and at-risk species including Butternut trees, Louis's Baneberry, and Eastern Wood-Pewee
- Area-sensitive birds such as American Redstart, Ovenbird, and Black-and-white Warbler
The property also features treed talus and cliff communities which are important and rare ecosites in Ontario and ideal habitats for a variety of snakes, salamanders, and ferns. The caves and crevices on the property provide sheltered sites for vulnerable bat species to hibernate over the winter months.
Colpoy’s Bay East Nature Reserve, when combined with neighbouring protected natural areas, creates more than 12 km of uninterrupted conservation land containing the Bruce Trail. Connecting fragmented pieces of land provides critical habitat for forest-dependent wildlife like Fishers and the Peninsula’s unique Black Bears who rely on large forest areas for their long-term survival.
Conservation to combat climate change
This property contains natural features that can help fight climate change including:
- Karst topography which helps purify water and acts as a natural carbon sink
- 343 acres of interior forest that sequesters carbon and removes greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere
For many years this property's owner generously allowed the Bruce Trail to cross their land. Their thoughtful decision to sell the property to the Bruce Trail Conservancy will permanently secure 1.7 km of Bruce Trail Optimum Route and more than 2 km of side trail along our conservation corridor while protecting these valuable habitats along the Niagara Escarpment.