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Guard Shore Tract, Saxis Wildlife Management Area


The Guard Shore Tract of Saxis Wildlife Management Area offers a myriad of possibilities for wildlife viewing depending upon the time of year. The extensive open bay ecosystem provides a vast viewing area to scan for wading birds, waterfowl, terns and gulls. mudflats and sand spits exposed at low tide may attract feeding shorebirds, especially during migration. The access road traverses a salt marsh where a fortunate summer observer can expect to hear clapper rails or possibly catch glimpses of seaside and saltmarsh sharp-tailed sparrows. The site’s maritime loblolly pine stand may offer endless migrant passerine viewing possibilities.


  • To Access the Site: A Restore the Wild Membership, Virginia hunting license, freshwater fishing license, boat registration, or an access permit is required.
  • Hunting could be occurring at this site April 1 – May 31 and September 1 – February 28th. If you are visiting this site during hunting seasons, please wear blaze orange or blaze pink for safety.



Physical Location: Guard Shore Rd, Bloxom, VA, 23308

From US-13 in Nelsonia, travel west on VA-187 W. Continue 1.7 miles, then turn right onto Bethel Church Rd. Turn left onto Mitchell Rd/ T-684. Continue as road becomes Guardshore Rd. and enters the Wildlife Management Area. Travel until end of road to reach Guard Shore Beach.

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Site Information

Birds Recently Seen at Guard Shore Tract, Saxis Wildlife Management Area (as reported to eBird)

  • Mourning Dove
  • Clapper Rail
  • Willet
  • Laughing Gull
  • Snowy Egret
  • Great Egret
  • Glossy Ibis
  • Northern Harrier
  • Northern Flicker
  • Great Crested Flycatcher

Seasonal Bird Observations


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  • Kayak/Canoe Launch