Wilfred J. Turenne Wildlife Habitat, Southborough
The Turenne family purchased the 18-acre property only a few weeks before they turned it over to Sudbury Valley Trustees in 1990. An 1870s map shows that the property had been owned by the Newtons, one of the older families in Southborough.
Photos of that time show that the property was used as pasture. Stonewalls surrounding the property are further evidence of this land use. It is likely that the property was then used as a wood lot in the early part of the century. Multi-trunked 75 to 80 year old oak trees support this hypothesis.
The Bay Path, which runs through the southern end of Turenne and the northern end of the Southborough Town Forest, is an historic road lined on both sides with stonewalls.
Turenne Wildlife Habitat is primarily a relatively young, dry oak/hickory forest. There is a mesic slope area on the west side of the property that contains a much richer mixed hardwood forest. Granite outcroppings are scattered around the property.
The 1/5 acre bird garden on the northern edge of the property contains a variety of planted native shrubs and herbaceous species to attract birds.
From Route 495 take exit 23 to Route 9 east. Follow Route 9 east 2.8 miles just past the Sudbury Reservoir on your left to the traffic light at Oak Hill Road (there will be a Mobil station at the southeast corner). Turn right onto Oak Hill Road and continue .4 mi to Walnut Drive on the right, just past the top of the hill. Follow Walnut Drive about .1 mile. At the point where Walnut Drive makes a sharp left turn, go straight onto the narrow unpaved road. Look for an SVT sign posted up on a tree on the right. Continue driving a short distance along this path (it is passable but drive slowly!) about 30 yards to the parking area on the right. There is room for three cars.
From the east, the traffic light at Route 9 and Oak Hill Road is 3.8 miles west of the Edgell Road overpass above Route 9. Turn left at the light onto Oak Hill and follow the directions above.
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