Singing Woods Nature Reserve is located near the intersection of Cates Hill Road and Berry Road, a short distance from Snug Cove. It was established when the developer of the Cates Hill area worked to protect critical habitat within the proposed development.
Singing Woods protects the Dry Maritime Coastal Western Hemlock habitat, and a large wetland-stream corridor that is important for a number of birds and mammals.
In the spring of 2011, the Conservancy obtained funding from the Islands Trust Fund to plant new trees, protect existing trees, and to remove invasive species. Over 100 new trees were planted in April and May.
Additional restoration work was carried out in 2012 and 2013 to upgrade the public trail that enters the Nature Reserve over private and Crown Land.
The Management Plan for Singing Woods was updated in the Spring of 2017. The objectives of the plan are to:
- Conserve the key natural ecosystem values of the reserve;
- Permit only uses that do not significantly impair the natural condition of the reserve or its special features;
- Protect the water quality and flow regimes of all streams and wetlands within the reserve;
- Accommodate, but not promote, low-impact use of the reserve for hiking, nature appreciation and similar activities; and
- Allow natural ecological processes to function without human interference, except in the case of wildfire.
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