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Kemble Wetland Nature Reserve Map

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Kemble Wetland Nature Reserve lies west of the village of Kemble. Its 142 acres include regenerating fields, meadows, and an impressive wetland complex.

Together with the adjacent Kemble Rock Nature Reserve (acquired earlier in 2017) its acquisition creates a remarkable 342 acre expanse of preserved land. More than 2 km of the Bruce Trail's Optimum Route will be secured, and 3 km taken off roadways.

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The northwestern portion of Kemble Wetland Nature Reserve lies within the Kemble Wetlands Life Science Area of Natural and Scientific Interest (ANSI). The ANSI is an important link in a 30 km natural corridor (ca. 150 square km) containing Skinners Bluff, Slough of Despond, Mountain Lake Fen, The Glen and Bass Lake Escarpment, and the wetlands of Mountain Lake, McNab Lake and Shallow Lake.

The middle and southern portions of Kemble Wetland Nature Reserve contain the Indian Creek Provincially Significant Wetland complex.

Kemble Wetland Nature Reserve contains a variety of habitats including:

Regenerating agricultural land:

This regenerating land is now transitioning to native trees and shrubs which have seeded in from the surrounding forests and fencerows, and provides habitat for grassland and edge associated bird species.

Deciduous forest:

The emerging forest contains young Sugar Maple, White Ash, White Elm and Hawthorns, and provide excellent habitat for certain bird species, particularly the Brown Thrasher, Blue-winged Warbler and Gray Catbird.


The wetlands are dominated by Swamp Maple and Black Ash, which provide habitat for birds such as the Northern Waterthrush. The Ministry of Natural Resources' Natural Heritage Information Centre reports Snapping Turtle, Northern Map Turtle, Rams Head Lady's Slipper, Beaked Spikerush and Schweintz's Sedge having been recorded in the vicinity.