Large Urban Swamp with Heron Rookery Protected


Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis) and Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum) in newly protected swamp.

In the Memphis neighborhood of Berclair not too far from Jerry’s Sno Cones, an amazing forested wetland provides a refuge for wildlife. Thanks to a generous donation of property, Wolf River Conservancy is proud to announce that another 37 acres of this important habitat is now preserved, adding to an already protected adjacent property, the Sherrod-Hill Preserve, a large 167 acre property that encompasses much of this urban swamp. Predominantly flooded throughout the year, this contiguous swamp provides multiple benefits to local water quality, plant diversity, and animal habitat, allowing water-loving plants and animals to prosper - right in the middle of our city!

Beavers, wood ducks, mallards, frogs, salamanders, skinks, snakes, and numerous birds can be found in this area, including the Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) which has a rookery on this property. These graceful large birds, which resemble cranes, are iconic fishermen of the wetlands. In addition to providing a water source for forest creatures, the swamp is also home to countless perennial plants and shrubs, such as buttonbush, which provide nectar sources vital for native pollinators.

Our thanks to the generous donors of this beautiful and suprising swamp - now in safe hands, further Preserving the Wonder of the Wolf!

Posted by Cathy Justis at 4:36 PM