NeilyWorld Birding Ottawa - Southwest - Marlborough Forest Loop
MUNSTER ROAD AND SOLDIER'S LINE
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Independent Directions to this Site: From Highway 416 take exit 66 (Fallowfield Road). If southbound, a 0.4 km offramp dumps onto Fallowfield, where you will turn right or west. If northbound, the 0.4 km offramp brings you to Fallowfield, where you will turn left or west onto it and in 0.5 km join the southbound offramp traffic. Both groups will now follow Fallowfield Road west 16.5 km to reach Munster Road. Turn left or southeast onto Munster Road and drive 8.3 km to Soldier's Line.
Marlborough Forest Loop Route Directions: From the access point for the track NE of Purdy Road, the junction of Purdy and Dwyer Hill Roads; go northwest on Dwyer Hill 1.6 km to the Jock Trail. Turn right or northeast onto the Jock Trail and proceed 3.0 km to Munster Road. Turn right or southeast onto it and drive 1.6 km to Soldier's Line.
Map of the Munster Road and Soldier's Line Area
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Site Description and Birding Information: This track is actually an Unopen Road Allowance that continues 3 km to come out at the NE of Purdy Road access. It travels past the huge marsh, which is the star of this site, then through wet matshy areas for 1.7 km; and finally, the last 1.3 km to Dwyer Hill Road are through overgrown, abandonned farmland. There is a major snowmobile trail through this area.
The productive marsh to the southwest side of Munster Road, starting just beyond Soldier's Line, extends 0.7 km along Munster Road, nearly to the power line right-of-way. (The right-of-way can also be hiked, though no official trail exists there.) The marsh is home to American and Least Bittern, Virginia Rail, Sora, Willow and Alder Flycatcher and Marsh Wren. Sedge Wren has bred north of the junction of Munster Road and Soldier's Line.
Views of the Marsh at Munster Road and Soldier's Line
Marlborough Forest Loop Route Directions: From the junction of Munster Road and Soldier's Line, go southeast on Munster Road 1.7 km to the next site on this loop, the Munster and Kettles Roads area.
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Last update: October 27, 2009