Some pictures from an autumn walk in my local park.
"Victoria Park, situated in east Belfast, opened in 1906.
One of the park’s biggest attractions is its lake, which was originally used for boating. Today, it is home to a range of water birds such as swans, geese, ducks, herons and migrant waders. Some of the waders have also been recorded in the Baltic Sea and Scandinavia.
All grown up and waiting to transform
Due to its rich variety of wildlife, the open water in Victoria Park is part of the Belfast Lough ASSI (Area of Special Scientific Interest) project.
There are also many pleasant walks around the park, with recent tree planting providing shelter for many small birds.
A poetry trail, which features ten nature-themed poems written by local primary school pupils and etched onto metal plaques, also provides a pleasant route around the park.
Look out as well for the special inscriptions on the park benches. Created by artist Eric McKillen as part of our Art in the Park programme, they include words and phases which capture the essence of the park, such as `an island of nature surrounded by busy lives` and `silken swoop of elegant swans`.
|One of the Art in the Park benches|
The park also contains Victoria Park Playing Fields."
|Not quite in the park but a path towards it|