Nicol’s Gully is a 17 acre property with the Pottawatomi River crossing through it. It was acquired in 2001.
The town is rapidly encroaching onto the embankment of the Pottawatomi River. The property is important to the nearby residents and area fisherman for enjoying nature by plant observations, bird-watching and access to the river. The wildlife potential is excellent as there are various wildlife habitat characteristics such as large fallen woody debris, standing dead trees; some with wildlife cavities that were currently being used by the local wildlife such as raccoon, woodpeckers and owls. This reserve has a small existing trail used by local fisherman and nature enthusiasts.
From Owen Sound, head west on Highway 21. Turn north down Nicols Gully Road. The reserve can be accessed from the road on the south side of the river.
The property is very scenic and includes features typical of the Beaver Valley and the Niagara Escarpment. A trail has been maintained on the property running from east to west along a steep gradient climbing upward toward the western boundary. The trail goes through a regenerating field dominated by young white ash and scattered red maple, black cherry and apple. The trail continues across a small stream and ends at the base of a mature mixed forest. This area leads to a valley where a tributary of the Beaver River flows across the land and onto the adjacent properties. If you continue north along the forest line and connect to the Bruce Trial which follows an unopened road allowance on the northern property boundary.
In addition to scenic beauty, the features of this property provide suitable habitat for a variety of wildlife including species at risk. The Eastern Meadowlark and Bobolink have been observed in the regenerating fields on the land. Both species are grassland, ground nesting birds and are designated as Threatened in Ontario. Bat species are often found along waterways and in open areas sheltered by tree lines like those that occur on this property. Monitoring of this property in 2016 yielded reports of several bat species, some at risk, that use this property as a feeding ground in the evenings. This property provides a safe area for these species to thrive and will continue to support these populations with the help of EBC and Elephant Thoughts.
This reserve is 15 acres. 9 acres were donated in 2008 and the final 6 were donated by Mr. Thomas Kritsch in 2015. It has significant frontage on the Beaver River in the Blue Mountains.
This reserve is just outside the boundaries of the Niagara Escarpment Plan. It is located south of Heathcote, just outside a residential area. This reserve is on the Beaver River which which starts just north of Singhampton and flows through Eugenia Lake where it enters the Niagara Escarpment Region. It ends off at Mill Pond in Thornbury where it leads to Georgian Bay.
Starting in Flesherton, head northeast on Collingwood Street (Grey Road 1). Head northwest on Grey Road 13. Follow this road through Eugenia and continue as it veers right. This road is almost parallel to the Beaver River, pass 21st Sideroad. Before the road splits, you will come to a small parking area on the left side of the road where you can park and walk to the river.
The Skeoch Reserve was donated in 2015. It is almost 70 acres and includes part of the Bruce Trail.
The property appears to have experienced natural succession for many decades, untouched and unaided by human influence with the exception of creation and maintenance of the Bruce Trail. A headwaters tributary of the Beaver River rises within one kilometre of the Property and flows west towards the Beaver valley through the village of Red Wing. The mature hardwoods, cedar forests and cliff face vegetation, plus permanent streams provide important sources of food, shelter, breeding habitat and travel corridors for a wide variety of wildlife including birds, mammals, herpetofauna and aquatic species.
Start in Shelburne and travel north on Highway 124. Continue north as you pass through Singhampton and the Road changes to ON-95. Head west on Grey Road 31 and then head north on Road 55 which will change to 6th Line after crossing Townline Osprey The Blue Mountains. Continue north passed 12th Side Road for approximately 300 metres and the Skeoch Reserve will be located on the left side of the road. You may choose to access this reserve from the south west corner using the Bruce Trail. To do this head west down 12th Side Road for approximately 1km and the entry point to the trail will be on the right side of the road.