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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


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


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

Lawson Nature Reserve


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


Ontario Nature Reserves have reopened. Please maintain physical distancing and be safe.

Since our Nature Reserves were closed as a public health measure to prevent transmission of COVID-19, we have been assessing the trails and will be resuming maintenance when we are permitted to do so. Use of our trails is at your own risk.

We want you to be safe. Please follow current advice of health and government officials. Please practice good hand hygiene, keep your distance from others and avoid touching surfaces such as signs, gates and railings.

If you have any questions, please call 1-800-440-2366 or email info@ontarionature.org.

Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.