TIFFANY CREEK PRESERVE
Sandy Hill Road, Oyster Bay Cove
232 acres

Directions:

From Route 25A in Oyster Bay take Cover Road north about 1.2 miles to Shutter Lane; go west about 0.5 of a mile to the end; park at the end of the road.


History:

The one-acre pond fed by springs at the eastern end of the preserve is believed to have been constructed in colonial times.

Tiffany Creek Preserve was acquired by Nassau County in 1992 with the assistance of the Long Island Chapter of the Nature Conservancy. It is made up of three former estates. The parking area is next to the former stables.


Habitats:

offers an assemblage of ecological communities within the oak forest. Descending through glacially formed ravines, Tiffany Creek's oak hilltop and upland meadow provide examples of the mid-slope community. Tulip tree, red oak and red maple dominate its low slope which descends to the wetland interface. At the northeast border of the preserve lies a wet meadow.

salt marsh at Mill Neck Preserve (unusual maritime oak community)


Trails:

Public nature trails are located in the 45-acre parcel west of Sandy Hill Road.

(Source: Geffen and Berglie, 1996: Chapter 7)

The trail on the north side of the road leads into Tiffany Creek Preserve.  A walk of about 1/3 of a mile downhill leads to Tiffany Creek Pond. 


PLANTS:


Acer platanoides (Norway maple)
Pachysandra terminalis (pachysandra)
Taxus baccata (English yew)

at Flagg Meadow we observe freshwater wetland plants and large clonal groups of Osmunda ferns
oak slope communities
Kalmia latifolia (mountain laurel)
pink lady's slipper


TIFFANY CREEK WEST

Al and Lois Lindberg found
Desmodium nudiflorum
Desmodium glutinosum

at Flagg Meadow
rediscovery of northern tubercled orchid
Lilium superbum (Turk's cap lily)
Sanguisorba canadensis (Canadian burnet)
Vernonia noveboracensis (New York ironweed)
Acer rubrum (red maple)
Phragmites australis (giant reed grass) Flagg meadow Restoration Project keeps it in check
Allan Lindberg (Nassau County museum, Natural History Bureau)
Lindberg found
Magnolia acuminata (cucumber tree magnolia) two dozen Tiffany Creek Woods 1999
Polygonum perfoliatum (mile a minute vine) 2000


old growth tulip trees up to 54 inches in diameter;
chestnut oak

(Daniel Karpen, Bruce Kershner, Peter Kelly, David Hunt; "Old growth black tupelo on Long Island"; LIBS Newsletter, Winter 2004, Vol. 14, No. 1.)