Black Cat Farm, Wayland
Finding a way to protect the fields, woods, and flood plain at Wayland’s Watertown Dairy—an expansive farm near the Sudbury River in the northern part of town—had been on SVT’s wish list since its founding in 1953.
It took collaboration with local, state, and federal agencies and funding from a variety of public and private sources to finally protect, in 1989, what is now the Town of Wayland’s Sedge Meadow Conservation Area.
As part of the collaboration, SVT retained a 0.9-acre trail head on Glezen Lane known as Black Cat Farm, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service purchased 143 acres of the farm and added them to the adjacent Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.
- These trails skirt fields leased to a local farmer, and they take walkers along the edge of the river marshes in the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.
- The Bay Circuit Trail (BCT) crosses this property; the BCT stretches 200 miles through eastern Massachusetts, from Plum Island on the North Shore to Kingston on the South Shore.
- This is prime agricultural land, benefiting from rich loam deposited in glacial Lake Sudbury.
- There is evidence of Native American summer settlements here. Their clearings were later used by early European settlers.
- The fields attract a variety of butterflies and birds, including woodcock and raptors.
- The knoll in the northernmost field can provide a view in early spring and late fall of goldeneyes, mergansers, and buffleheads on the river.
With mapping software, search for this address: 46 Glezen Lane, Wayland, MA
From Wayland Center (intersection of Route 20 and Routes 27/126), take Route 27 north toward Sudbury for 0.9 mile. Turn right onto Glezen Lane. Go 0.4 mile. Parking lot and trail access is on the left between house numbers 42 and 48.
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