Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail

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Site CRI04: Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden


This site is an extremely attractive 80-acre botanical garden conducive to birds and butterflies due to the floral diversity. Birdwatching opportunities in the garden are best during migration, but are still good throughout the spring and summer. Several trails exist, but the best for birding is the “Wild Side Walk.” A trek along the trail is likely to produce a variety of seasonally abundant songbirds. Small ponds and streams within the gardens are excellent for viewing wading birds, waterfowl and shorebirds as they hunt for fish, frogs, and the occasional water snake in the shallows. Butterflies and dragonflies within the gardens are abundant and diverse, as one might expect from the available habitat.


From the Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center, return to the intersection of Brook Road/US 1 and East Parham Road. Follow Brook Road south. Continue 0.8 miles, turn right onto Lakeside Avenue, and proceed 0.75 miles to the Garden entrance at 1800 Lakeside Avenue. Fee: $9

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