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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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Town of Acushnet Conservation Area sign at Davis Park
Lantern Lane, Acushnet, MA 02743
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With its short trail through the forest, Davis Park in Acushnet is perfect for a brief escape to nature.

Size: 16.5 acres
Parking: On-street
Facilities: None
ferns growing on a Sarah's Rock in Delano Memorial Forest
191 Marys Pond Rd., Rochester, MA 02770
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An easy walking trail circles through peaceful Delano Memorial Forest, passing by the placid waters of the Sippican River.

Size: 110 acres
Parking: Small parking area off Marys Pond Road
Facilities: None
Calm, shallow water at beach at Demarest Lloyd in Dartmouth
101 Barneys Joy Rd., Dartmouth, MA 02748
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Demarest Lloyd State Park in Dartmouth is a true gem for beachgoers, explorers, and Buzzards Bay lovers of all ages.

Size: 200 acres
Parking: Large paved parking area
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Picnic Tables, Trash
DePina Landing on the Sippican River in Marion.
29 River Rd., Marion, MA 02738
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Launch a kayak from DePina Landing in Marion to explore the Sippican River’s rich natural habitats.

Size: 0.5 acres
Parking: Small paved parking area
Facilities: Kayak Launch, Picnic Table
stone wall at Destruction Brook Woods
160 Slades Corner Rd., Dartmouth, MA 02748
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Don’t let its name fool you: Destruction Brook Woods in Dartmouth is packed with unparalleled beauty.

Size: 283.8 acres
Parking: Medium-sized crushed-shell parking area on Slades Corner Road; small dirt pulloff on Fisher Road
Facilities: None
people walking on the trail at Doggett's Brook in Rochester
55 Dexter Ln., Rochester, MA 02770
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The Doggett's Brook nature trail tucked into the woods behind the ball fields in Rochester is perfect for a walk after a game.

Size: 100 acres
Parking: Large unpaved parking area at Dexter Lane Field
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Trash, Playground
freshwater swamp at Westgate Conservation Area
29 Papermill Rd., Wareham, MA 02576
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If you want to explore a classic Wareham landscape, Westgate Conservation Area is an ideal spot.

Size: 49 acres
Parking: Small gravel parking area off Papermill Road
Facilities: None
Stairs along the trail at Dunham's Brook Conservation Area in Westport
1510 Main Rd., Westport, MA 02790
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Explore forest, streams, wetlands, and a summer corn field, all at Dunham's Brook Conservation Area in Westport.

Size: 159 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking area
Facilities: None
sandy shoreline at East Beach in New Bedford
1076 East Rodney French Blvd., New Bedford, MA 02744
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A wide, sandy beach on outer New Bedford Harbor, East Beach is a summertime destination for city families.

Parking: Large paved parking lots; additional street parking
Facilities: Pier (asphalt), Restrooms (seasonal), Trash
rocky shoreline at East Beach in Westport
198 East Beach Rd., Westport, MA 02790
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This rocky stretch in Westport offers stunning views of the Elizabeth Islands across the Bay’s sparkling waters.

Parking: Sandy/gravel parking along East Beach Road; resident beach sticker required year-round
Facilities: None
kids and families on the East Fairhaven School Trail
2 New Boston Rd., Fairhaven, MA 02719
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This engaging nature trail in Fairhaven is a welcoming spot for the whole community to discover nature's classroom.

Size: 13 acres
Parking: Large paved parking lot at school
Facilities: Picnic Table
trail easement through Eastover Farm in Rochester
169 Clapp Rd., Rochester, MA 02770
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With fields, stone walls, and golden yellow barns, East Over Reservation is a reminder of Rochester’s rural character.

Size: 75 acres
Parking: Medium-sized gravel parking area
Facilities: None
bog boards on the trails at East Over Reservation Hales Brook and Sippican River Tracts
285 County Rd., Marion, MA 02738
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These two tracts are part of a network of local conservation areas in Marion and Rochester that you can explore.

Size: 322 acres
Parking: Medium-sized parking area along County Road
Facilities: None
The rock and sand kayak launch at Edgewater Street
Edgewater St., Fairhaven, MA 02719
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Explore picturesque marshes by kayak or spend the afternoon digging for clams on the edge of Little Bay in Fairhaven.

Parking: Space at the end of Edgewater Street
Facilities: None
Three egrets in the salt marsh at Egypt Lane in Fairhaven
Egypt Ln. & Hyland St., Fairhaven, MA 02719
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This popular birdwatching hotspot in Fairhaven offers sweeping salt marsh views from atop the stone dike.

Size: 3 acres
Parking: Street parking available on side roads along the Phoenix Bike Trail
Facilities: None
the shoreline of Electric Avenue Beach in Bourne
26 Gardinier Ave., Bourne, MA 02532
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Come down to Electric Avenue to discover an intimate beach and boat ramp a stone’s throw from the Cape Cod Canal.

Parking: Medium-sized paved parking area
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Pier/Dock (wood/floating), Bicycle Rack, Trash, Picnic Table, Playground
Fall salt marshes along a sandy boat ramp in Westport
129 East Beach Rd., Westport, MA 02790
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This small Westport landing is a great place launch a kayak or go quahogging, surrounded by the unique habitat of the lower Westport River.

Size: 0.18 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking area bordered with stones (space for 2-3 cars); resident beach sticker required year-round
Facilities: Kayak Launch (shoreline)
Fearing Hill Swamp in Wareham.
37 Fearing Hill Rd., Wareham, MA 02571
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Canoe or kayak upstream from Fearing Hill Swamp in Wareham to explore the Weweantic River's protected wooded shores.

Size: 0.2 acres
Parking: Small roadside pull-off
Facilities: Canoe/Kayak Launch
pond at Flora B. Peirce Nature Trail in New Bedford
Falmouth Street, New Bedford, MA 02745
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A natural oasis hidden in the North End of New Bedford, Flora B. Peirce Nature Trail takes visitors on a tour of forest life.

Size: 148 acres
Parking: Roadside parking on Falmouth Street
Facilities: None
Marshes along the edge of Flume Pond in Falmouth
317 Sippewissett Rd., Falmouth, MA 02540
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Walk through birdsong-filled woods to the edge of rich salt pond habitat at Flume Pond in Falmouth.

Size: 28.6 acres
Parking: Small parking area across Sippewissett Rd. at Kelly Woodland
Facilities: None

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