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A birding and wildlife observation paradise tucked within the larger Common Pasture notable for its unique combination of wildlife habitat, historic agricultural use and important scenic qualities.
Rare species such as the American Bittern, barn owl and blue-spotted salamander have been documented on the 1,000 acres used by colonists to pasture livestock in the 17th century.
Centuries of grazing have maintained a flat, wet grassland habitat. Standing water contributes to a rich diversity of sedges, rushes and other wetland grasses.
See common snipe in April and May. Killdeer nest in the area, and when the water table is high, look for dabbling ducks and various waterfowl.
Scotland Road, Newbury
Latitude 42.788601, Longitude -70.908921
From Route 95/Exit 56/Scotland Road
Go east on Scotland Road. Viewing platform and parking are 1.0 miles ahead on the left.
Park on shoulder of road.
Town: NewburyTotal Acres: 47Year Conserved: 2006Difficulty: Easy
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82 Eastern Avenue, Essex,
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Thank you Jerry Monkman / ecophotography.com, Lynne Holton, Kindra Clineff, Adrian Scholes and John Raleigh.