Trail Guides
Bishop Farmstead

17 Pemberton Road, Southampton, NJ
Phone: (609) 859-8860

OWNER:  Pinelands Preservation Alliance

ACCESS AND PARKING:  The Pinelands Visitor Center is open Monday - Friday, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Call for weekend hours. Be aware of bee hives near path on west side of property.

SPECIAL FEATURES:  Entering the site, you are facing North. Continue North to the edge of the parking area, to the meadow. To the Left is a footpath. Begin the 0.5 mile hike around the meadow going in a clockwise direction, completing the loop back at your car.

A CLOSER LOOK:  The footpath provides long open views across the grassland and neighboring farm field, as well as close encounters with local wildlife, mostly deer, small mammals, birds, and butterflies. Plant diversity is good, with trees, shrubs, vines, and wildflowers.

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Silver-bordered FritillaryTony Geiger
SITE DESCRIPTION:  The 12-acre Bishop Farmstead is the home of the Pinelands Preservation Alliance and includes a historic farm house and 1930's-era barn among an inviting mixture of woodlands and fields. The landscaped area around the house includes a well-labeled native plant garden. Beyond the barn is a meadow composed mainly of native warm season grasses. This meadow immediately abuts a large, open farm field on the North and West sides and an overgrown hedgerow on the East, with a nice walking trail around the perimeter. Some of the residents seen in the meadow and hedgerow are deer, rabbits, foxes, snakes, birds, and insects.

Winter:  Common mammals such as deer, rabbit and squirrel are active, as well as a variety of sparrows. Harriers, Red-tailed Hawks and Cooper's Hawks may be foraging. The large vista to the North and West provides sightings of Turkey Vultures, Black Vultures and occasionally Bald Eagles.
Spring:  Neotropical migrants make all the areas lively and Tree Swallows are particularly abundant in the meadow. Indigo Buntings and Yellow Warblers are singing. Some butterflies are becoming active. American Woodcocks may be displaying. Insect repellent is a good idea on the trail.
Summer:  Many birds are still nesting and raising young. Bird houses in the open areas are used by Tree Swallows and Eastern Bluebirds. Butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies are busy. The bee hives are very active. The majority of the plants in the gardens and meadow are now blossoming. Black rat snakes are regularly seen foraging and basking.
Fall:  Goldenrod and aster are dominating in most areas until the first cold wave hits. Fall migrating and overwintering birds are taking advantage of cover and food in the meadow and hedgerow. Migrants and winter residents include American Kestrel and Savanna Sparrows.

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