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Lusty Family Woods – TTLT

Directions:

  • Take Highway 401 to exit 137
  • Turn south on to Graham Rd.
  • Take the 1st right onto Queen’s Line
  • Property is on the left (south side) part way through the concession
  • TTLT sign is visible from the road

The Lusty Family Tract is a 21-ha (53-acre) parcel of spectacular Carolinian swamp forest which lies at the heart of the West Lorne Woods in the Municipality of West Elgin. The West Lorne Woods is 600 acres of almost continuous deciduous forest. Its mix of swamp forest and upland woods creates habitat for a rich array of Carolinian species.  West Lorne Woods resounds with the calls of breeding birds such as Pileated Woodpecker, Veery, Wood Thrush and Scarlet Tanager.  The varied habitat of deep vernal ponds, buttonbush swamps, hummocky forest floor and diverse understory supports many warblers including Ovenbird and the rare Hooded Warbler and Prothonotary Warbler.

The property owned by the Thames Talbot Land Trust is named the Lusty Family Woods in recognition of the contributions made by the Lusty Family to the Rodney community over many years. In view of the wet terrain and sensitive habitat, public access to this nature reserve will be seasonally limited.  During the summer the mosquitoes are so bad that they will cover over the protective face panel of a bug jacket to prevent visibility – so not a desirable time to visit.