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With deep forests, rocky coasts, and rich salt marshes, Buzzards Bay is a haven for wildlife of all types. Migratory birds flock to our shores along the Atlantic Flyway, while frogs and salamanders thrive in the vernal pools that pop up in our woods each spring. So grab a pair of binoculars and visit one of these places to seek out our region’s special birds and wildlife.

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sandy beach at Brainard Marsh in Marion
344 Delano Rd., Marion, MA 02738
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Take a short, scenic walk to the sandy shores of the Weweantic River at Brainard Marsh in Marion.

Size: 6.1 acres
Parking: Small gravel roadside parking area
Facilities: Bicycle Rack
two people looking out over a salt marsh from an observation platform at Brandt Island Cove District in Mattapoisett
Anchorage Way, Mattapoisett, MA 02739
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Discover spectacular coastal scenery among protected woods and wetlands at Brandt Island Cove District in Mattapoisett.

Size: 132 acres
Parking: Roadside parking at the end of Anchorage Way and Whalers Way
Facilities: None
A peninsula with several pine trees extending into a shallow freshwater pond
588 Blacksmith Shop Rd., Falmouth, MA 02536
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Hike, picnic, or bird watch among some of the Cape’s most unusual habitats at Breivogel Ponds Conservation Area in Falmouth.

Size: 68 acres
Parking: Medium-sized unpaved parking area on Blacksmith Shop Road
Facilities: None
ducks in the pond at Brooklawn Park
1997 Acushnet Ave., New Bedford, MA 02745
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Located in the urban North End of New Bedford, Brooklawn Park is refuge for local residents seeking some fresh air.

Size: 85 acres
Parking: Large paved parking lot; additional on-street parking around the park
Facilities: Restrooms, Trash, Picnic Tables, Playground
a woman standing on a rock looking at a stream on the Westport River at Brookside Conservation Area
1013 American Legion Hwy., Westport, MA 02790
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Enjoy the peaceful beauty of Bread and Cheese Brook along Brookside Conservation Area's streamside trail in Westport.

Size: 9 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking area (space for 3-4 cars) off Route 177
Facilities: None
dog retrieving a ball in Buttonwood Park
425 Hawthorn St., New Bedford, MA 02740
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Known as the “crown jewel” of New Bedford, Buttonwood Park is an oasis of nature and recreation in the city.

Size: 97 acres
Parking: Two large paved parking lots (open 6am-10pm); additional on-street parking around the park
Facilities: Restrooms, Trash, Picnic Tables, Playground
a man fishes from the shore of Cape Cod Canal next to the railroad bridge in Bourne
110 Main St., Bourne, MA 02532
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Explore the Cape Cod Canal from Buzzards Bay Recreation Area in Bourne, located at the foot of the iconic railroad bridge.

Parking: Large paved parking area
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Trash, Picnic Tables
people bicycling and fishing along Cape Cod Canal next to the railroad bridge in Bourne
Canal Service Road, Bourne, MA 02532
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If you want to take an easygoing, scenic bike ride, look no further than the Cape Cod Canal Bikeway in Bourne.

Size: 7 miles north side/6.5 miles south side
Parking: Medium/Large paved parking areas at all recreation areas along bikeway
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Trash, Picnic Tables
small footbridge across Herring River at Carter Beal Conservation Area in Bourne
20 Bournedale Rd., Bourne, MA 02532
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From the fish ladder to the glacial moraine, explore Bourne's natural history at Carter Beal Conservation Area.

Size: 29.7 acres
Parking: Small dirt parking area
Facilities: Benches, Trash
A flat stream reflecting the trees in green woods at Carvalho Farm in Fairhaven
201 Shaw Rd., Fairhaven, MA 02719
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An array of stunning habitats fit into a small package at this Fairhaven preserve, featuring fields, forests, and wetlands.

Size: 61 acres
Parking: Street parking on the south side of Shaw Rd. next to the Carvalho Farm field
Facilities: None
view of Red Brook Harbor from Dimmick Waterfront at Cataumet Greenway in Bourne
1 Post Office Square, Bourne, MA 02601
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See a sampling of all of Bourne’s vibrant natural scenery on one walk when you visit Cataumet Greenway.

Size: 95 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking area at the Cataumet Post Office; two additional small unpaved parking areas on Red Brook Harbor Road
Facilities: Picnic Table, Playground
people sitting in the sand on a sunny day at Chapoquoit Beach in Falmouth
158 Chapoquoit Rd., Falmouth, MA 02540
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“Chappy,” as locals call Chapoquoit Beach in Falmouth, is a sandy, secluded spot far from Cape Cod's crowds.

Size: 1.6 acres
Parking: Medium-sized paved parking area; resident beach sticker required to park in summer
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Trash, Shower (seasonal)
wooded pond at Washburn Park in Marion
Washburn Park Place, Marion, MA 02738
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Marion’s popular Washburn Park hearkens back to the historic town common where locals can walk and play.

Size: 132 acres
Parking: Several unpaved parking areas throughout park
Facilities: Bicycle Rack, Restrooms, Trash, Picnic Tables, Playground
people walk along Cherry & Webb Beach in Westport
168 Cherry and Webb Ln., Westport, MA 02791
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With rolling waves and a long, sandy shoreline, Cherry & Webb Beach is a favorite summer destination for Westport residents.

Size: 80 acres
Parking: Large unpaved parking area; resident beach sticker required year-round
Facilities: Picnic Tables, Bicycle Rack
picnic area in a grove of trees at Church Wildlife Conservation Area
193 Marion Rd., Rochester, MA 02770
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With a cozy picnic table nestled in a grove of trees, Church Wildlife Conservation Area in Rochester is a lovely picnic spot.

Size: 21 acres
Parking: Small dirt parking area off Marion Road
Facilities: Picnic table
kids playing on Church's Beach on Cuttyhunk Island
Blue Heron Drive, Cuttyhunk, MA 02713
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Take an island excursion to Cuttyhunk and discover Church's Beach, a Buzzards Bay paradise with crystal-clear waters.

Parking: None (boat and foot access only)
Facilities: None
Mattapoisett River at dusk
81 Mattapoisett Rd., Rochester, MA 02770
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Hunt for remnants of an old settlement among fields and forest along the Mattapoisett River at Church's Field in Rochester.

Size: 32 acres
Parking: Small gravel parking area
Facilities: Picnic table
A group of turkeys in the trail at Collins Woodlot at Falmouth
141 Blacksmith Shop Rd., Falmouth, MA 02536
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Collins Woodlot in Falmouth offers great hiking along two miles of trail through wild-feeling forest.

Size: 130 acres
Parking: Small unpaved pull-off on Service Road; small unpaved pull-off on south side of Brick Kiln Road
Facilities: None
boardwalk through a cedar swamp at Copicut Woods
1700 Indian Town Rd., Fall River, MA 02790
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Part of the Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve, Copicut Woods in Fall River showcases unique natural features.

Size: 516 acres
Parking: Medium-sized gravel parking area on Indian Town Road; small unpaved parking areas on Yellow Hill Road and Copicut Road
Facilities: Picnic Tables
boardwalk through marsh at Cornell Farm
530 Smith Neck Rd., Dartmouth, MA 02748
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The idyllic pastures and sweeping salt marsh views at Cornell Farm in Dartmouth will captivate nature lovers of every age.

Size: 130 acres
Parking: Medium-sized crushed-shell parking area
Facilities: Picnic tables

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