Made possible with funds from generous BTC donors, 2018
Iroquoia section (Burlington)
1.1 km of Bruce Trail Optimum Route
Fisher's Pond Nature Reserve is an 87-acre oasis of natural land on the Niagara Escarpment overlooking the bustling City of Burlington. The Bruce Trail has passed through this property at Fisher's Pond for many years, thanks to the generous permission of the landowners.
With the help of hundreds of donors in 2018, the Bruce Trail Conservancy was able to purchase the property and create Fisher's Pond Nature Reserve - permanently securing 1.1 kilometres of the Bruce Trail and preserving 87 acres of significant Niagara Escarpment habitat in rapidly-growing Burlington.
Fisher's Pond Nature Reserve will protect and connect ecologically significant areas. Fisher's Pond is located within the Nelson Escarpment Woods Regional Environmentally Sensitive Area (ESA) and is 1 km southwest of the Nelson Slope Forest Regional Life Science Area of Natural & Scientific Interest (ANSI) and 1 km south of the Waterdown Moraine Earth Science ANSI. Combined with these natural areas, the Fisher's Pond Nature Reserve is part of a significant Niagara Escarpment corridor stretching 23 kilometres from Spencer Gorge to Mount Nemo.
A variety of habitats are here to explore:
- Fisher's Pond: This naturalized wetland provides breeding habitat for waterfowl like Canada Goose and Hooded Merganser and a migratory stopover for others like Common Merganser, Bufflehead & Trumpeter Swan.
- Riparian areas, meadow marsh and thicket swamp: These important wetland communities provide amphibian breeding habitat and are part of the headwaters of a larger water recharge zone in the region.
- Sinkholes and springs: Revealing where water is making its way through the Niagara Escarpment
- Mature forests: Sugar Maple forests provide habitat for local mammals and birds including some area-sensitive forest species such as Winter Wren & Hairy Woodpecker. A grove of endangered Butternut graces the NE corner.
- Meadow: Home to birds and various pollinators and offering a lovely view south towards Lake Ontario.
These species of conservation concern have already been recorded at or near Fisher's Pond:
- Eastern Wood-Pewee
- Perfoliate Tinkersweed
- Butternut tree
- Eastern Flowering Dogwood
- Monarch butterfly
- Brainerd's Hawthorn