Places We Protect

Lord Cove Preserve


High Rock, Lord Cove
High Rock High Rock, Lord Cove © Alden Warner

Lord Cove includes the habitat of 10 plant species listed as endangered, or threatened.



Why You Should Visit

Visitable only by small boat, this brackish marsh contains a five-mile maze of waterways, with an abundance and variety of birdlife.

Why TNC Selected This Site

Lord Cove is an excellent example of brackish tidal marsh. The preserve has been created thanks to the generosity of numerous donors; the entire preserve has been protected through gifts. Most recently, Jane I. Davison of Lyme donated an easement on 13 acres on the east shore of Lord Cove. Altogether, the Davison family is acting to protect more than 180 acres at the site.

What TNC Has Done/Is Doing

The state Department of Environmental Protection and The Nature Conservancy have protected more than 500 acres at this site and are currently working to eliminate the invasive plant Phragmites and restore the native plant community.




Dawn to dusk


Hiking, birding, canoeing, nature study and cross-country skiing.


351 acres

Explore our work in this region

What to See: Plants

Lord Cove includes the habitat of 10 plant species listed as endangered, threatened, or of special concern in Connecticut, many found at multiple locations throughout the marsh.

What to See: Animals

Many bird species roost and perch within the marsh and surrounding uplands, including the king rail and the least bittern, the northern harrier and sedge wren, the federally threatened bald eagle, and the savannah sparrow.

Please enjoy your visit to this preserve.  The Nature Conservancy welcomes passive recreation, including hiking, birding, canoeing, nature study and cross-country skiing.  

To ensure those who visit after you are able to enjoy the same experience you have, please remember to stay on designated trails, pack out everything you brought in, and contact our office at: 203-568-6270 or if you notice any problems.  

To maintain the ecological integrity of the preserve, the following activities are not allowed:  collection of plant or animal specimens, camping, fires, fishing, hunting, bicycling, and use of motorized vehicles.  Pets are not allowed on Nature Conservancy preserves.