Wild Places to Visit – Northern Ireland – Victoria Park

Victoria Park is one of our favourite local places to visit all year round. Despite its city location it is a great place to spot wildlife and has superb walking and cycling links. My youngest son and I recently hopped on our bikes for a spin along the Connswater Greenway to check our bikes out before Sustrans Big Pedal begins in a couple of weeks time. We went for a little sunny cycle tour of East Belfast and Victoria Park with our route taking us through C.S. Lewis Square and the impressive Narnia-themed sculptures which dot this fab public space and in around Victoria Park.

The first thing we noticed was the beautiful golden display of daffodils which seemed to radiate a light of their own. A circuit around the outer trail at a nice slow pace saw us overlooking the mudflats which play host to a rich variety of wildlife – we spied ducks, oysters catchers and curlews as we cycled along. I explained to my son how important this area is as a wildlife haven and that the mudflats are rich in oysters, cockles, snails and worms which are a vital source of food for populations of wintering waders and wildfowl, including oyster catchers, tern and redshank.

My son seemed interested enough to learn all of this but I knew that he was also itching for a whizz around the BMX track so we headed onwards, taking care not to run over brave squirrels perched on the pathways. I took a few videos of the BMX ‘stunts’ and then leant back against a tree to watch my son play while I also admired the daffodils, blossom, blue sky and listened to the birdsong – bliss! There’s no need to head off into the wilderness to connect with nature, sometimes it’s simply a case of slowing down and paying attention to what’s right there on our own doorsteps!

Did you enjoy reading this blog? Pop your email address in the box below to receive all the latest updates from Every Treasure Blog:

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.