Who We Are

The Barrington Land Conservation Trust, Inc. is a private, non-profit, tax-exempt group. Its purpose is to preserve the remaining natural resources of Barrington, Rhode Island and adjacent areas including water resources, streams, ponds, marshlands, woodlands, and scenic and natural sites, as well as the plant and animal life.

Land acquisition, educational programs and advocacy on the state and local level achieve our objectives.

Nockum Hill Tour August 10

Join the Barrington Land Conservation Trust and the Barrington Public Library for a late afternoon tour of Nockum Hill and the Doug Rayner Wildlife Refuge as part of RI Land Trust Council’s Land Trust Days. We will view the largest regional nesting ground for the diamondback terrapin, as well as the coastal walking trails along Hundred Acre Cove. At this time of year we will likely see evidence of turtle hatchlings. The refuge is a also a bird sanctuary with a wide variety of species throughout the year. And a summer sunset across Hundred Acre Cove can be spectacular. This is a leisurely 2-3 mile easy hike for all ages. Due to the sensitivity of of the nesting terrapin population, dogs are not permitted at the refuge. Rain date will be August 11.

Register for this free walk by contacting the Public Library Reference Desk at 401-247-1920 x312. They can also answer any of your questions about this walk including directions. Indicating your attendance on either Meetup or Facebook does not reserve your spot – you must contact the library directly. For more information on the Trust, please visit their website at: http://blct.org/blct/ and on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/Barrington-Land-Conservation-Trust-122591774517537/
For more Land Trust Day activities statewide visit: https://www.facebook.com/RILandTrusts/ or on Meetup at http://www.meetup.com/Rhode-Island-Land-Trust-Days/

Directions: The Doug Rayner Wildlife Refuge at Nockum Hill is on George Street in Barrington. Meet at the trailhead at the end of George Street. From the north, from Route 6 in Seekonk, take Warren Avenue south, turn right onto George Street. From the south, take New Meadow Road in Barrington north to Warren Avenue, turn right onto George Street. At the large bend in George Street near the stone commemorating the first Baptist Church in Massachusetts park along the street nearby. Park along a single side of the road.

The event starts at 6 p.m.

Invertebrates Outing August 19

The Barrington Land Conservation Trust welcomes you to a walk with Amy O’Donnell. You will study invertebrates in a meadow and woodland at St Andrews Farm. Learn about native plants, pollinators, and the role of hedgerows in supporting our native wildlife. We visit an ancient oak tree.

It’s free and perfect for families. An off-road stroller is fine. Dogs on leash are also welcome. Dress for the afternoon’s weather. If it is hot, be sure to bring some water. Tick protection is recommended. Learn more about the Land Trust at http://blct.org/blct/

Directions: 101 Middle Highway in Barrington. From County Rd (Route 114), turn west onto Federal Road opposite the “White Church Bridge”. At the end of Federal, turn north/right onto Middle Highway and then left onto the paved driveway beyond the soccer fields which leads to a large parking area. Meet at the trail entrance at the corner of the parking area.

It starts at 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

July 5th Tuesday Trails Team event

For our next project on Tuesday July 5th we will be working at “Little Mussachuck Grove” primarilly clearing invasives and maintaining trails.  We will meet at 10 am. on Grove Street along the edge of the property.  Grove Street is between Alfred Drowne Rd. and Appian Way.  We can end our session along the waters edge with stunning views of the Bay!

As always bring water, insect repellant and sunblock along with your pruners or loppers.
Hope to see many of you on Tuesday.  Have a great 4th of July!

Rebuilding Rhode Island’s Purple Martin Colonies

Don’t miss this unique opportunity……

Rebuilding Rhode Island’s Purple Martin Colonies

Demonstration and Talk by Raymond Marr – two dates in June.

Come for a firsthand demonstration of nesting Purple Martins by Ray Marr and learn about his successful voluntary work rebuilding Rhode Island’s Purple Martin colonies. During Ray’s demonstration and talk he’ll lower the units for some nest checks allowing participants to see many nests with eggs and tiny chicks.

Saturday June 18, 12:00am– 1:30pm

Pic-Wil?Barrington Land Trust, Washington Road, Barrington, RI

(May also include a visit to the Martin houses at RISD’s Tillinghast Farm 231 NayattRoad, Barrington, if the property is not in use for a private function on the 18th.)

Sunday June 26, 11:00am – 1:00pm

Clark’s Farm, Rehoboth (72 gourds)

116 Wheeler Street, next to Crestwood Golf Course, Rehoboth

Meet at the Barrington High School and car pool to Rehoboth as parking is only possible along the road. Participants will walk in to the farm via a long driveway.

There are also bobolinks, barn swallows and bluebirds at this site.

To guard against ticks at both sites insect repellant is highly recommended.

Annual Meeting – Tuesday, June 7th at 7:00

Please join us for the BLCT ANNUAL MEETING on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the
Barrington Public Library – Senior Center (lower level).

The BLCT is thrilled to welcome former Land Trust president and nature expert Helen Tjader as the main speaker. Helen will present ‘Sowams – A Landscape Alive’: a virtual journey through Sowams from the past to the present to rediscover the land under our feet. Share your favorite places for the proposed Sowams National Heritage Area.

There will be a brief business meeting followed by the presentation at 7:30 p.m. We hope you will join us for the evening!

Tuesday Trails Team Event May 3

Welcome back to Osamequin Nature Preserve on Tuesday May 3 for our next Tuesday Trails Team project from 10 a.m. until noon. We will continue the trail maintenance work we began last month clearing invasives, pruning back vegetation, and removing litter. We will be removing the painted trail signs so they can be repainted offsite, as well as doing some chainsaw work on fallen trees blocking trails. We also need help resetting one of the foot bridges back on its piling. A lot of work for one day. So we’d love a big turnout.

We will again be meeting at the Trailhead sign in the parking area off Route 114. Bring pruners or loppers and work gloves. High waterproof boots will be helpful for any bridge work that we do. Tools will be provided if you don’t have any.
Always a good idea this time of year to bring sunblock and tick repellant. Water will be provided. New volunteers are welcome.

We Need You!

The Barrington Land Conservation Trust needs your help! We are looking for community members with an interest in the natural environment to serve on our board of directors and various committees. We need help to manage and maintain our protected places, and to assist with educational and recreational programs so that the public can appreciate and enjoy our community’s natural wonders. In today’s fast-paced and technology-driven world, our mission is more important and rewarding than ever.

We are seeking board and committee members who have expertise in marketing, communications and web design, as well as people with backgrounds in science, and hobbyists who are willing to share their knowledge of the natural world. The trust is also in need of a volunteer to perform light administrative work for a couple of hours each week.

Anyone interested should e-mail Lynne Barry Dolan at lbd@blishcavlaw.com.

Water Monitors Needed

The Warren Land Trust is looking for two water monitors from Barrington to join in a water quality study of the Barrington River. This will advance efforts to cultivate shellfish there.

Mike Gerhardt, president of the Warren Land Trust, is overseeing the project.
The one location in Barrington is at Adams Point. Two volunteers handle this site. Access would be by land. The volunteers must attend a training and equipment pick up on May 7 in Bristol. Between May 29 and Sept 25 the two person team collects 10 samples between 6 and 8:30 on Sunday mornings. Six of these samples go to a location in Warren for transportation to URI

If anyone is interested please reach out to info@blct.org