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  • The white-face dot-tailed dragonfly was one of the species we encountered during the BioBlitz. Photo by Chris Menge
    The white-face dot-tailed dragonfly was one of the species we encountered during the BioBlitz. Photo by Chris Menge

    "High Ridge" Area Abounds with Natural Resources

    SVT and several of our conservation partners have determined that several thousand acres of land in Harvard, Littleton, and Boxborough...

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  • Volunteers helped pulled glossy buckthorn at Elliott Concord River Preserve earlier this year.
    Volunteers helped pulled glossy buckthorn at Elliott Concord River Preserve earlier this year.

    Call for Volunteers: Sunday, July 21

    SVT is seeking volunteers to help pull invasive plants at Whitehall Woods in Hopkinton. We will be cutting and piling large plants...

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  • Sara Amish and Trevor Nelson--two SVT AmeriCorps members--gave volunteers their property assignments on the morning of the BioBlitz.
    Sara Amish and Trevor Nelson--two SVT AmeriCorps members--gave volunteers their property assignments on the morning of the BioBlitz.

    BioBlitz Recap: Over 850 Observations!

    More than 30 intrepid volunteers took part in our first BioBlitz on June 22, 2019, to search for wildlife on conservation lands in...

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  • Trail Opens at Elizabeth Brook Knoll

    On June 23, the Boxborough Conservation Trust (BCTrust) and SVT held a ribbon cutting to open the hiking trail on Elizabeth Brook Knoll...

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Together with our 2900 members and 200 volunteers, we...

  • Conserve and care for over 5000 acres of fields, forests, and farms in the 36 communities surrounding the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers.
  • Maintain more than 60 miles of hiking trails.
  • Help friends and neighbors connect with nature through our events, programs, and outings.
  • Assist local organizations in their efforts to protect the region’s most important natural areas.

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About the Property

Horse Meadows Knoll sits adjacent to the Horse Meadows Reservoir, which is now a beautiful naturalized pond. The property is forested with a mixture of hardwood species, white pine, and hemlock, and it provides habitat for multiple endangered species.

The Harvard Conservation Trust (HCT) and SVT worked together to protect this land. HCT owns the land, and SVT holds a conservation restriction. SVT manages the land and worked with HCT to create hiking trails that offer beautiful views of the reservoir and its associated wetlands.

Learn more about how SVT and HCT worked together to protect this property

Features of Note

  • This drumlin-shaped knoll rises about 140 feet above the parking area.
  • Old cart paths and the driveway to a house that once sat on the knoll contribute to the trail system.
  • The rich soils on the lower slope near Sherry Road host some unusual plants for our area, including American basswood. Wild columbine grows on some of the rock ledges.
  • The headwaters of Elizabeth Brook, a main tributary of the Assabet River, are partially located on the property
  • Beaver are active at the pond and along the stream that meanders through the property.
  • Look for their lodge in the center of the pond as you walk along the trail.
  • Scarlet tanagers, eastern wood-pewees, and other birds of the deep forest find essential habitat here. Great blue herons nest in the treetops above the pond.

PDF icon Horse Meadows Knoll Trail Map Brochure

Nature Sightings

A woodchuck in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.
A woodchuck in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.

July 8, 2019

Harold McAleer photographed this woodchuck in Lincoln.

A bobcat catches a gray squirrel in Harvard, photographed by Steve Cumming, with an automatically triggered wildlife camera.
A bobcat catches a gray squirrel in Harvard, photographed by Steve Cumming, with an automatically triggered wildlife camera.

June 22, 2019

Steve Cumming used his automatically triggered wildlife camera to capture these images of a bobcat preying on a gray squirrel in Harvard.

A giant leopard moth in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
A giant leopard moth in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.

June 15, 2019

Sharon Tentarelli photographed this giant leopard moth in Sudbury.

A Carolina wren in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A Carolina wren in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.

June 9, 2019

Joan Chasan photographed this Carolina wren in Framingham.