Found in the Fells
Click here for Botanical Surveys of 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.


Henry David Thoreau: “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”


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 lower down this page, or at at www.fells.org  the website of the Friends of the Middlesex Fells where you can join the Friends and then get a free map, and see listings of organized hikes on geology, birds, plants, animals etc.


I have also been part of a team surveying the plants of the Fells. For details on this click on the link Botanical Surveys above. 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 history of the creation of the park, as well as the plants of the Fells, that I give to various audiences 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 agressivley take over, killing the native plants, including trees, that should be beautifying our woodlands. It is a serious threat to 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 unwelcome 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? Do let us know.  bryanthamlin@gmail.com   

Also visit the Friends of the Fells Facebook page and find out what's happening on a near daily basis in the Fells.

Bryan Hamlin

                         
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Order a copy of this 70 page comprehensive survey
of the plants of the Fells by contacting me at:

 bryanthamlin@gmail.com  or  781 395 7722




Pink Lady-Slipper Orchid - Cypripedium acaule



                                      

                                                                          

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