Land Trust Receives Second Pond on Orchard Avenue

Frequent visitors to the pond include green herons, great blue herons, black-crowned night herons, and great egrets. (Photo by Lauren Brown)

Longtime Branford residents Kathleen and Parker Fox have given to our town for many years through service on boards and commissions including BCTV, the Food Pantry, the Board of Fire Commissioners, and the Branford Community Foundation. Early this year, they continued their tradition of giving by donating to the Land Trust an approximately 1.3-acre pond which borders Orchard Avenue in the Hotchkiss Grove neighborhood.

The pond is directly downstream from another pond that was donated to the Land Trust in 2019. Kathleen Fox believes that they were created as farm ponds in the early 20th century, with one of the old farm buildings still nearby. Together, preservation of the two waterbodies will help to prevent flooding from significant rain events and will protect water quality in downstream Sybil Creek.

Living across the street from the pond since 1975, the Foxes have loved watching the various wildlife that make use of the pond.  Some years they see over a dozen egrets roosting in the trees at dusk; they also see night herons and great blue herons.  Every spring a female turtle makes her way out of the pond to the Foxes’ lawn, where she lays her eggs before lumbering back. There are fish and ducks.

“The pond needs to be held that way,” said Mrs. Fox, referring to the Land Trust acquisition. “We’re so happy we were able to complete this.”



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