Published on November 21, 2019

Sandplain Pollinator Habitat Restoration

Planting sandplain plant species at Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary

This October, Tidmarsh staff and volunteers planted over 400 native plants across 20 acres of our property. All of the plants were grown from seeds collected around the sanctuary. 

The work is part of a larger project supported by a Landscape Scale Restoration grant from the U.S. Forest Service. The goal of the project is to expand pollinator and wildlife habitat at Tidmarsh by restoring three former gravel pits to the sandplains they once were.

Sandplains are habitats unique to southeastern Massachusetts that are critical to the survival of many native wildlife species. But they've become increasingly rare due to development and several other factors. 

Native aster flowers being visited by a bumblebee

Choosing Native Plants

Tidmarsh is dedicated to supporting and protecting these special sandplain habitats through restoration, education, and outreach.

As part of that work, we created a FREE guide to the native plants selected for the Pollinator Restoration Project.


This guide was designed to help community members better understand what's being planted at Tidmarsh, as well as which wildlife species are directly benefiting from the effort.

Project Support

We'd like to thank the many volunteers and generous donors who gave their time and/or made donations to help "re-wild" this resilient landscape! Thanks to their support, Tidmarsh will be able to provide even more opportunities for people and wildlife to enjoy this 481-acre sanctuary.

This project was funded in part by a Landscape Scale Restoration Grant #17DG1142004249 from the USDA Northeastern Areas State and Private Forestry, U.S. Forest Service.