Fairfield Beach
Fairfield Beach Road, Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut

No Dogs, April 1 to October 1. 

I-95 north to exit 21.  Turn right onto Mill Plain Road; cross over Route 1 and continue to make a right onto Reef Road; at the park turn left onto Edward Street; turn right onto Penfield Road; follow it to Fairfield Beach Road; park in the parking area across the way. 

11/12/2005.  This is a long beach.  Where we were, all the vegetation is part of a 2002 Dune Restoration Project, an Eagle Scout project of Troop 82, Fairfield.  We first ate lunch on one of the several picnic tables by a closed concession stand.  After lunch we examined the dune area.  We could only see the vegetation from the fence, so we did not see the interior of the area.  But we still got a pretty good plant list considering the difficulties.  The area beyond the small dune project to the left side of the beach is private beach.  Dr. Patrick L. Cooney.

Dr. Patrick Cooney, Sarah-David Rosenbaum, Rosemary Cooney

*  = plant blooming on date of field trip, 11/12/2005

Ailanthus altissima (tree of heaven)
Juniperus virginiana (red cedar)
Pinus thunbergii (Japanese black pine)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Robinia pseudoacacia (black locust)

Elaeagnus umbellata (autumn olive)
Myrica pensylvanica (bayberry)
Rosa rugosa (wrinkled rose)

Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet) 
Euonymus fortunii (Fortune's euonymus)
Lathyrus japonicus (beach pea)
Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle)

Apocynum sp. (dogbane)
Artemisia caudata (tall wormwood)
Artemisia vulgaris (common mugwort)
Aster sp. (aster)     *
Centaurea maculosa (spotted knapweed)
Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)   
Solidago sempervirens (seaside goldenrod)
Verbascum thapsus (common mullein)

Ammophila breviligulata (beach grass)


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