The preserve is an unusually old Eastern Shore woodland of mixed hardwoods and loblolly pines, a seldom seen remnant of the forests that once covered much of the Delmarva Peninsula. Otwell Woodlands also provide a secure habitat for year-round and migratory birds.
Visiting the Preserve
The preserve is open to the public for birdwatching and nature walks only with prior permission from The Nature Conservancy. Please contact the Maryland/DC Chapter office at
Maryland's Eastern Shore, about 2 hours east of Washington, DC
Why the Conservancy Selected This Site
For its mature forest hardwoods and loblolly pines.
What the Conservancy Has Done/Is Doing Here
Since 1979, The Nature Conservancy has protected 94 acres.
- Eastern half: abundance of mature loblolly pines
- Western half: beech, various oaks, sweet gum, interspersed with loblolly pines
- Wood sorrel
- Great blue heron
- Bald eagle