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According to a Natural Inventory in 1987 commissioned by the City of London, Upper Thames River Conservation Authority, McIIwraith Field Naturalists and the Urban League of London.  Meadowlily Woods is one of the largest remaining settings in the area. The forested slopes above the south branch of the Thames River were created at the end of the ice age through a glacial spillway through the Ingersoll moraine.

The vegetation of Meadowlily Woods is very unique as it combines two features : plants commonly found in the more Great Lakes forest and plants found in the more southern Carolinian zone.

Meadowlily Woods is home to three general categories of vegetation: upland second growth, upland old-growth, and bottomland strands. In addition, Meadowlily Woods has over 350 species of vascular plants were recorded in 80 families.

Meadowlily Woods is very special because it has everything; mature upland forests, forested ravines that are dissected by intermittent streams, bottomland forests, floodplain forests, shrub thickets, marshes and meadows.  This provides a natural corridor for wildlife to the river and other sources of food.

Meadowlily Woods is unique because it has 18 different habitant types of various tree strands which help to support a wide variety of trees, plants, and wildlife.

  • black maple
  • loose-stemmed sedge
  • bitternut hickory
  • shagbark hickory
  • hackberry
  • flowering dogwood
  • swamp loosestrife
  • witch hazel
  • black walnut
  • white grass
  • spicebush
  • sycamore
  • wild crab
  • swamp white oak
  • pin oak
  • blue ash
  • running strawberry-bush