Ecology at Willow Park Ecology Centre

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We’re a hotspot! We are fortunate to be located in a area that has been designated by Credit Valley Conservation (CVC), our local conservation authority, as one of eleven “biodiversity hotspots” – or more formally, “centres for biodiversity.”

“Centres for biodiversity” like ours, are landscapes within the Credit River Valley which have a notable concentration of natural heritage features: woodlands, wetlands, and aquatic habitat. They represent eight major watershed physiographic regions which are essential to maintaining healthy biodiversity in the watershed over the long term.  Here’s the list (see p. 49 of http://www.creditvalleyca.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Credit-River-Watershed-Natural-Heritage-System-Phase-3-summary-report.pdf)

  1. Rattray Marsh – Turtle Creek Centre for Biodiversity
  2. Credit River Marshes Centre for Biodiversity
  3. Riverwood Centre for Biodiversity
  4. Credit Valley – Hungry Hollow Centre for Biodiversity
  5. Terra Cotta – Silver Creek Centre for Biodiversity
  6. Inglewood Centre for Biodiversity
  7. Forks of the Credit Centre for Biodiversity
  8. Speersville Centre for Biodiversity
  9. Island Lake and shoreline Centre for Biodiversity
  10. Caledon Lake Centre for Biodiversity
  11. Erin-Ballinafad Centre for Biodiversity
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“There can be no purpose more enspiriting than to begin the age of restoration, reweaving the wondrous diversity of life that still surrounds us.”

– E.O. Wilson, ecologist

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