CHOICE LO­CA­TIONS

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - WILD DECEMBER -

1 Hog­gan­field Park

in Glas­gow’s north­east is dom­i­nated by a large, shal­low loch with a wooded is­land. Eas­ily ac­cessed by footpaths, the main at­trac­tion is pro­vided by the wild whooper swans ar­riv­ing from Ice­land.

2 Sefton Park

in Liver­pool is a Grade-I listed park opened in 1872 “for the health and en­joy­ment of the towns­peo­ple”. It con­sists of footpaths, green spa­ces and wa­ter­courses, flow­ing into a man-made lake.

3 Derby Ar­bore­tum

is one of Bri­tain’s first pub­lic parks and con­tains a fine col­lec­tion of un­usual tree spec­i­mens from around the world.

4 Re­gent’s Park

is one of eight Royal Parks in Lon­don and con­sists of for­mal gar­dens, shrub­beries, sports pitches, grass­land, a small wood and a large lake with sev­eral reedbeds.

5 Bute Park

on the banks of the River Taff, close to Cardiff’s city cen­tre, is one of Wales’s largest ur­ban green spa­ces. It con­sists of ma­ture park­land con­tain­ing the great­est num­ber of ‘cham­pion trees’ of any UK pub­lic park, plus a wild­flower bat meadow.

O Don’t go without a bag of grain to carry out that time-hon­oured tra­di­tion of feed­ing the ducks! Leave plenty of time to linger and ob­serve the park’s wild res­i­dents each time you visit.

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