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Bisbee, Benfield, and Spencer Brook

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Bisbee Land (35 acres),
Benfield Land, and
Spencer Brook Reservation (31.5 acres)
Access to Bisbee: Concord Street; Hartwell Road. Parking:Concord Street.
Access to Spencer Brook: West Street.
Parking:West Street.
Open fields along Concord Street that slope into the woods and wetland mark the approach to Carlisle from Concord. This is the Bisbee Land. The trail from Concord Street crosses the field, descends into the woods and follows an old road over an esker through the wetlands to the Hartwell Road neighborhood.
The lowland portion lies in the Spencer Brook valley, an important Carlisle resource. The Spencer Brook watershed is rich in wildlife such as deer, muskrat, raccoon, fox, coyote, and beaver. Resident and migratory birds include warblers, vireos, hawks, partridge, pheasants, wild turkeys, and ducks, which thrive in this wetland habitat. The sandy banks of Spencer Brook provide nesting for several species of turtles. The woods are pine and mixed hardwood and the vegetation bordering the wetlands includes willow, fern, high bush blueberry and sweet pepper bush.
Carlisle Conservation Commission leases agricultural use of the land to a local farmer who mows the hay and tends the fields. The bluebird houses are a recent addition.
The Spencer Brook Reservation at the south end of West Street is largely wetland with some lovely fields. It is owned and managed by the Carlisle Conservation Foundation and was purchased for the preservation of native wildlife.

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