Sadsbury Woods Preserve
Alert During this public health crisis, Natural Lands’ nature preserves remain open to the public as places to engage in outdoor activity, such as walking, hiking, or running, which are considered allowable individual activities as part of the stay-at-home orders for both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Social distancing must be maintained. If the parking lot is full please visit at another time.
Sadsbury Woods is part of the largest remaining, unfragmented woodlands in Chester County. The preserve is an important habitat for several species of birds—such as Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, and Ovenbird—that are dependent on its deep, sheltering forest for their survival.
Located at the headwaters of Buck Run, a major tributary to Brandywine Creek, the preserve also helps to keep the stream clean and clear.
Sadsbury Woods Preserve began in 1996 with Natural Lands’ acquisition of 177 acres of forested land situated squarely in the path of expanding development around Exton along the Route 30 corridor in western Chester County. Additional parcels acquired in succeeding years expanded the preserve to its present size. Natural Lands purchase and protection of the preserve was spurred by its ecological significance as part of the region’s largest remaining, unbroken forest.
These “interior woodlands” (defined as an area at least 300 feet from any edge, such as road, lawn, or meadow) provide critical habitat for many species of birds, especially neo-tropical migrant songbirds. These colorful and melodious birds winter in South America and breed during the spring and summer in North America. To survive here, they need abundant food and protection from the weather and predators. The forests of Sadsbury Woods fill these needs quite well.
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