My feet crunched through the marsh grass as I approached the banks of Spencer Creek. In the mud below, hundreds of fiddler crabs scrambled sideways in different directions looking to hide in their holes. Nearby, a great blue heron flew off, startled by my presence in its world.
Welcome to the Guilford Land Conservation Trust’s Spencer Creek Preserve, one of several protected parcels with stunning views of tidal marshes and islands near the West River’s confluence with Long Island Sound. Despite its smallish size — 12 acres — the preserve seems huge because there is so little protected open space along one of the country’s most developed shorelines.
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