Heritage Conservancy owns and preserves 70 acres of land within the 518-acre Quakertown Swamp Lasting Landscape. The diverse habitat of Heritage Conservancy’s Quakertown Swamp Preserve includes open water along Bog Run, shrub wetland, cattail marsh, wet meadow and forested swamp, which provide a haven for a variety of wildlife species. Heritage Conservancy hosts several school field trips and outreach events on the property each year because it provides a front row seat to the wonders of nature.
Quakertown Swamp Amphibian Rescue Partnership (QSARP)
Frogs, salamanders, and other amphibians indigenous to the swamp must cross busy roads at the end of each winter in order to get to the vernal pools on the other side to breed. The journey to the breeding grounds can be quite dangerous for these creatures. Passersby usually don’t notice them on the road, and therefore, few cars slow down to allow them to cross safely.
Along with a group of volunteers, police officers, and members of Richland and East Rockhill Townships, Heritage Conservancy established Quakertown Swamp Amphibian Rescue Partnership. Every year, this partnership helps to provide safe passage for small amphibian creatures across a busy road during breeding season at the end of each winter.
Amphibians are excellent bio-indicators, which means they act as the “canaries in the coal mine” and can tell us about the health of an ecosystem. It is important to pay attention to these special critters!
Watch Heritage Conservancy’s virtual tour of the Quakertown Swamp Preserve:
Quakertown Swamp Preserve is located alongside a Richland Township property, and there is no direct parking for it.