Feb 29, 2024

Englishman River Estuary

The Englishman River Estuary is located in the City of Parksville and within the Nature Trust British Columbia conservancy and protection.

The 312-hectare Englishman River Estuary was acquired by Nature Trust between 1981 and 1992 to conserve a critical estuary, which has now become a model for successful conservation and restoration. The estuary is part of the Parksville-Qualicum Beach Wildlife Management Area.

Species at risk which are known to use the Englishman River habitats include the Bald Eagle, Turkey Vulture, Northern Goshawk, Townsend Big-eared Bat, Red-legged Frog, Coastal Cutthroat Trout, Steelhead, Coho and Chinook salmon.

Millions of Pacific Herring spawn along the intertidal foreshore area each spring. The estuaries and foreshore zones also provide vital rearing habitat to Pacific salmonid species, while the river systems provide crucial habitat to spawning salmon, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout.

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