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Nature Conservation

WOODSIDE: A DEDICATION TO CONSERVATION

 

Woodside sets itself apart from other master-planned communities in many ways, the most noticeable of which being the way that we embrace our naturally beautiful surroundings. Woodside is situated beside a stunning, protected nature preserve, and the pristine meadows, lakes, rolling woodlands, and more that wind in and out of our gates make for one breathtaking setting for your home. How do we accomplish this? Quite simply, we stand behind our commitment to nature conservation, incorporating the natural landscape into our community rather than replacing it.

Read on here to learn more about how our community and our residents are embracing and protecting our surroundings. From Woodside’s status as a Bluebird Sanctuary, to planned hikes by the Woodside Trail Group, and an invitation to watch from home as we embrace nature while developing a brand-new neighborhood, we’re letting you in to see how we continue to strengthen our commitment to preserving what makes our community spectacular.

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HOLLOW CREEK NATURE PRESERVE

Hollow Creek Land Preservation, Inc. was established in 2007 by the developer of Woodside to perpetually preserve and protect approximately 110 acres of natural woodland and wetland area adjacent to Woodside, known as Hollow Creek Nature Preserve.  What’s more, the establishment of Hollow Creek Nature Preserve promotes the safeguard of indigenous wildlife and ensures the pristine condition of local land is preserved thus providing residents the enjoyment of unspoiled natural settings for walking, fishing and wildlife observation.

SOUTH CAROLINA BLUEBIRD SOCIETY

The South Carolina Bluebird Society (SCBS) was established here in Aiken on October 19, 2010. It is the first North American Bluebird Society (NABS) Affiliate to be organized in South Carolina. SCBS has installed and monitors 1161 Bluebird, Wood Duck, Screech Owl and Kestrel nest boxes at 77 locations, many of whom reside here within Woodside! Woodside is honored to have been declared an official bluebird sanctuary, and, thanks to the efforts of Woodside residents like Mike DeBruhl, the current South Carolina Bluebird Society President, we have an incredibly active and dedicated group of individuals within our community who build and maintain bluebird trails and nestboxes! Many of these nestboxes reside at Woodside model homes, so don’t be surprised if during your Woodside Discovery Visit you see them flying about while exploring our property.

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Bluebird Society Updates

  • New Meeting Place

    With the closing of Birds & Butterflies, we required a new meeting place going forward.  I am pleased to confirm that effective with our September 24 meeting, our monthly meetings will now be held at the Odell Weeks Center on Whiskey Road.  We will convene in meeting room # 3 and will still begin our meeting at 7 PM on the following 2018 dates:

    September 24  ( with guest speaker )  We should also have some preliminary data / statistics on our 2018 nesting season ! 

    October 22  ( with guest speaker )

    November 19 ( before Thanksgiving )

    submitted by Mike DeBruhl, Woodside resident and President, SCBS

  • SCBS SPRING NEWSLETTER

    “As some of you may have seen in the Aiken Standard, your SCBS recently donated and installed several nest boxes and poles (with baffles) to Great Oak Facility of the Aiken Therapeutic Riding Center. SCBS is very honored and excited to support this wonderful new facility that provides life therapy, training, and enjoyment for so many in need. ..We are confident that the Bluebirds will bring additional happiness and joy to the participants.”

    Read more on this effort, and access the entire Spring SCBS newsletter, here!

WOODSIDE TRAIL GROUP

Our commitment to embrace our natural surroundings is strengthened by the participation of residents who share our dedication to conservation. The Woodside Trail Group, since its inception in 2008, has now evolved into a 120-member loosely organized group who organize work parties to maintain Woodside’s system of walking and nature trails, and group hikes to explore trails both in and outside of the Woodside community.  Thanks to their efforts, Woodside’s natural trails continue to be a well-maintained setting for getting outdoors and enjoying the scenic views provided by our proximity to the Hollow Creek Nature Preserve. See below for upcoming Woodside Trail Group hikes and events!

Upcoming Trail Group Events

  • September 19, 2018

    Join leader Gerald McDonald on an easy hike through Woodside’s new “arboretum trail” and check out the trees! With his initiative and support from The Woodside POA, the Woodside trail group recently installed signs on the Creek Walk which identify 20 major plants and trees found along this 0.5-mile trail. After the hike, head downtown to Colleton Avenue and admire more of the natural beauty that encompasses this historic street in Aiken!

     

  • September 22, 2018

    Set out on this family friendly hike organized by the Silver Bluff Audubon Center! Along with a low impact hike, you can enjoy nature stations, where you can learn and explore the beauty and nature that will surround you on this hike! You can also enjoy fun and educational things for the kids like a live owl demonstration and a microscope station! Call 803-471-0291 for more information!

  • October 21, 2018

    Come out and join hike leader Jim Pierce and admire the Langley Pond Loop Trail! This 2.75 mile hike goes along a man made trail with minor up and downs, all covered by a beautiful wooded area.

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    November 10, 2018

    Come along with hike leaders David Slaunwhite and Sandra Dale on a trek through one of Hitchcock Woods less traveled trails!  Enjoy a nice exercise and capture the peaceful and serene where you can clear your mind, and learn about all the flora and fauna that call Hitchcock Woods home.

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DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT

We stand behind our commitment to natural conservation, and to give you a behind-the-scenes look at how we deliver on that promise, we’re inviting you to watch along from home as we develop our newest neighborhood Meadowbrook Estates, while taking care to preserve its natural setting. Follow our progress here to get video updates on our process!

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