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Lowcountry Field Trip: Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve
February 22 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve: Ghost Forest, Coastal Geology, Archeology, and More!
Leaders: Billy McCord, Bess Kellett, and Katie Luciano from the SC Department of Natural Resources
Botany Bay, an SCDNR-managed 3,363-acre Heritage Preserve and Wildlife Management Area on the northern end of Edisto Island, encompasses diverse habitats including barrier island beach, maritime forest, coastal scrub/shrub, upland forest, tidal marshes, and managed wetlands. The preserve also features significant cultural resources such as shell rings (one of which is being actively excavated),
Bleak Hall Plantation outbuildings, and elements of the Alexander Bache U.S. Coast Survey Line. We’ll start by exploring the uplands with Billy McCord; learn about preserve/WMA management, cultural resources, and birds of Botany Bay from Bess Kellett; enjoy a BYO lunch at picnic tables outside of the preserve office; and wrap up near low tide on Pockoy Island’s rapidly eroding beach (up to 75 feet/yr from 2015-2017 as a result of Joaquin, Matthew, and Irma!) to explore the intertidal ghost forest and discuss coastal geological processes and ongoing research with Katie Luciano.