Nature Reserve of the Month: Springer Congers (January 2022)

February 1, 2022

Springer Congers is a 51.23-acre plot of land in the Township of Chatsworth, Grey County.


Springer Congers was originally a Conservation Agreement given in 2010 by Gunter and Vicky Springer. However, in 2021, the owners decided to upgrade the CA to a Fee Simple and the 51 acres are now fully under EBC'S protection.

Significant Features:

The Nature Reserve has a mixed topography with flat areas along with rolling and sloping areas (ranging from 300-m to 310-m above sea level). Approximately 50% is a treed swamp, 41% is wooded area, 6% is open wetland, 2% is open grassy hummocks and 1% is diversion road. Congers Creek Provincially Significant Wetland Complex extends north for 6-km past Chatsworth and southeast for over 3-km. Approximately 4-km to the west of the Springer is the Arnott Swamp Provincially Significant Wetland, which connects to a larger network of Provincially Significant Wetlands to the north, east, and south. The Nature Reserve is adjacent to EBC’s Campbell NR as well as Nature Conservancy Canada’s Galbraith NR. EBC’s Springer Moore’s is adjacent to NCC’s Galbraith NR to the east, separated by Highway 6. Within 20-km of the Subject Property, there are 28 Nature Reserves protected by land trusts totaling 11 square kilometers of protected areas and 39 Natural Areas managed by Conservation Authorities totaling 45 square kilometers of land set aside for nature.

Species at risk present: Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus), Butternut (Juglans cinerea), Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina).

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