Fits Like a Glove. Seriously. It’s that Small.
Glover Property, Simsbury Land Trust
October 14, 2015
This trailed property is so small, that I really don’t have to write all that much. Heck, I could just plop the SLT’s nice description here and be done with it.
The Glover property is a wet meadow, one of the few at this elevation in the area. The western part of the property crosses wet grassland and thickets with the help of boardwalks and two small bridges. The eastern half of the property is a drier, mostly open upland field. There has been extensive removal of a heavy invasive plant infiltration which has enabled the start of a campaign to re-introduce native plant species. The Land Trust has begun a native plant garden along the trail just to the right of the trailhead. This population of plants will begin to provide native wildlife with more species-appropriate food and shelter over time. Importantly the garden serves as a reference to all of us as to what may be done in our own yards to contribute to local biodiversity. The property already plays host to an impressive variety of birds and butterflies.
Wow, that’s a lot of cool stuff packed into a very small area. Sure, I “hiked” this entire place in about 5 minutes, but that’s not the point.
The point is that the SLT has installed some very nice boardwalks and bridges here, removed a bunch of crappy invasives, highlighted a wet meadow, and most importantly, started this native garden thing.
There are a bunch of signs along the way noting which plants have been planted. And many of the thick brushy plants that were kept provide great cover for birds. I couldn’t believe how many birds I saw while poking around.
In fact, I saw a flock of bluejays. Seriously, there were about 10 of them hanging out, which is something I can’t really recall ever seeing before.
Here are some more pictures: