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Lawson Nature Reserve

The reserve is home to about 200 plant species, including the rare Virginia bugleweed.

Lawson Nature Reserve © Sheila Fleming

About

The Lawson Nature Reserve was generously donated by Dr. John Lawson, a respected physician, naturalist and long-time member of Ontario Nature. In 1976, he bought the 15-hectare property just south of Ingersoll, solely to conserve the land and return it to its natural state.

The Ingersoll District Nature Club is the official steward of the reserve.

Beebalm, Lawson Nature Reserve © Noah Cole

Plants and Animals

The Lawson Nature Reserve’s topography varies from moraine, to grassy meadow, to hardwood swamp. The reserve is home to about 200 plant species, including the rare Virginia bugleweed. An old gravel pit on the property from the 1960s has been reforested with white pine trees and a wetland was created in the south-west portion of the property to increase wildlife habitat.

Striped hairstreak, Lawson Nature Reserve © Noah Cole

Visiting

You can access the reserve by a roadway directly across from a privately owned house. Please respect the homeowner’s privacy.

Lawson Nature Reserve

Directions

Take exit 216 from Highway 401 west to Culloden Road South. Follow this road south to Concession 2 (McBeth Road) and turn east. Proceed approximately one and a half kilometers along McBeth Road. The reserve is located on the north (left) side just past Greenwood Farms.

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Ingersoll District Naturalists Club, Lawson Nature Reserve © Sheila Fleming


Meadowhawk dragonfly © Noah Cole

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