Found in the Fells
Click here for current goings on in the Fells


Welcome to this website. The Fells are the Middlesex Fells, over two thousand five hundred acres of forest, craggy hilltops, lakes, ponds and streams about five miles north of downtown Boston but still well inside the route 128 ring-road. Not many large cities, anywhere in the world, have such an area of wildness within the urban area.


2019 marks the 125th anniversary of the creation of the Middlesex Fells by a vote of the State Legislature on February 2nd, 1894. 


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                                            Boston Herald, March 1894                                                 Wright's Tower in the Fells



   Elizur Wright was one of the leaders of the long struggle for the forest area north of Boston to be set aside as a park.



        Here's just a few of the beauties of the Fells. 


Columbine  wintergreen  Pepperbush pinky

Columbine                 Striped Wintergreen                    Sweet Pepperbush                   Joe Pye-weed

 

One purpose of this website is to inform any prospective hiker, casual walker or biker, if you slow down every now and then, what to look for, what to expect to see, any given month of the year. Just click on the month of choice in the list further down this page.  From time to time I lead nature hikes. Look for postings at  www.fells.org  the website of the Friends of the Middlesex Fells where you can join the Friends - please do - and then get a free map, and see listings of organized hikes on geology, birds, plants, animals etc.   The Friends has also  subdivided the Fells into 20 zones where what we call Trail Adopters take on to care for the zone of their choice. Do think of becoming one; and if you already are, then I'm happy to walk with you in your zone to point out any special plants of interest. My e-mail is just below.


Then for news and commentary on current issues in the Fells click on the link current goings on at the top of this page. That page also gives news of latest plant sightings and invites your participation.

I photograph the wildflowers in the Middlesex Fells, see the link to the flower gallery pages below. And I have a 40 minute powerpoint presentation about the creation of the park and about the plants of the Fells, and the various beautiful sights in this forest park. I'm ready to give this powerpoint slide-show to any audience in the area.


I'm also concerned about the spread of what the Mass. Division of  Wildlife and Fisheries terms 'invasive' plants. These are a particular group of foreign plants that aggressively take over, killing the native plants, including trees. It is a serious threat to the Fells. I also now have a new powerpoint presentation specifically about these invasive plants in the Fells. I am happy to show people what these unwelcome plants look like and discuss how to deal with them. Meanwhile, go to the  state website www.massnrc.org/MIPAG for pictures and descriptions of these invasive plants.

I hope this website might develop into more of a communal site where others also report their findings of the nature of the Fells. What have you found in the Fells?  And let me know if you wish a copy of the detailed listing of the nearly one thousand plant species in the Fells that a team of us reported in an article in the journal Rhodora in 2012 -  bryanthamlin@gmail.com   

And don't forget: visit the Friends of the Fells Facebook page: www.fells.org  and find out what's happening on a near daily basis in the Fells.

Bryan Hamlin

                                                                                                   

                                    

Here is a list of months linking you to a description, plus photos, of what can be found in the Fells each month of the year.

Click on the month of your choice for what to look for in the Fells at that time.

January
February

March 
April

May

June

July

August

September
October
November
December


Fells Native Flower Gallery

  click here  for flowers in March, April and May and here  for flowers in June & July

and here  for August through November.

       

   
 

The Middlesex Fells is administered by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) which also has a page about the Fells on its website at: www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/metroboston/fells.htm