Preserved Lands

Kiawah Island is a gated community and as such requires a guest access pass if you are not a property owner or reserved guest of the island. If you are not a property owner or reserved guest and would like to visit one of our preserved areas, please contact Collie Farah (Kiawah Conservancy Land Preservation Specialist) at collie@kiawahconservancy.org or 843-768-2029 to schedule a visit and obtain a gate pass for the island.


Otter Island Nature Area

Otter Island at Kiawah Conservancy

Conservation Easement

Preserved: July 2011

Preserved: 4.88 acres

Preserved: Otter Island Road

Habitat Type: Tidal salt marsh and salt shrub thicket

Conservation Value: Salt shrub thickets are found on slightly elevated areas of Kiawah Island, adjacent to tidal salt marsh. They are only occasionally flooded by high tides and frequently serve as a transition area between the marsh and forested uplands. These thickets, which often occur as bands or patches of salt tolerant rushes, grasses and shrubs, are heavily used by bobcats as den sites and for resting cover. They are also utilized by a myriad of birds, including several migratory species, including the painted bunting. Plant species that characterize the salt shrub thicket habitat type include black needlerush, marsh elder, groundseltree and red cedar.

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