A site of importance for nature conservation just two miles south of Hyde Park Corner
Perhaps not the first place you think of for a nature photo workshop, Battersea Park, just two miles south of Hyde Park Corner, is a site of importance for nature conservation: an inner city park with much variety and many hidden secrets in a relatively small area.
The most obvious wildlife in the Park is the birdlife living on or around the lake. You will often see Herons, Cormorants and Grebes, but these are just a few of the many types of bird commonly seen. Not so often noticed are the many varieties of trees, many planted in the 1800s. But there is more to see in the shape of architectural features, such as the Victorian Bandstand, the Fountains and the Peace Pagoda, which overlooks the Thames.
For our evening walk, we will meet at 7.00pm at Rosary Gate. This is convenient to Battersea Park and Queenstown Road Mainline Stations and many bus links: Please see the website here: https://batterseapark.org/info/getthere/ Further links are listed below, including a map of the Park.
We will take the footpath along the south side of the Lake and stop where the path drops down to the Lakeside for a tuition session and to look for birds, particularly herons. When we are ready, continuing to the end of the Lake we will turn right alongside the Lake, with the Sub-tropical Gardens on our left-hand side. We hope to find some good opportunities for reflections in the Lake and more birdlife: in the sub-tropical gardens to our left, we may find many interesting textures, patterns and shapes in the different types of trees and plants, particularly the palms.
We will then move on walking through the centre of the Park, which is highlighted by the Victorian Bandstand with seating all around – some nice angles for the clever photographer, maybe!
From the bandstand, we will bear left to see the fountains and the water feature known as the Grand Vista. If we are lucky with the evening light, we could have some interesting shots here.
Finally we will make our way to the Thames Path and the Peace Pagoda for sunset views down the Thames. Anyone interested in panoramas, this is a great place for those too,
Our walk will finish at 9.00/9.15pm and we will leave the Park by the Albert or Chelsea Gates. There is a very nice pub on Albert Bridge Road – the Prince Albert – and you may like to gather here to talk about what you have learned this evening. Here is the link: http://www.theprincealbertbattersea.co.uk/
Here are some links about the Park which you may find interesting:
Park Map: http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/info/200521/battersea_park/266/battersea_park/7
Birds in the Park: https://batterseapark.org/nature/birds/
Historic England: https://www.historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1000283
Sub-Tropical Garden: https://batterseapark.org/nature/gardens/sub-tropical-garden/
Peace Pagoda: https://batterseapark.org/history/peace-pagoda/
In addition to judging the monthly Breathing London competition, landscape and wildlife photographer Robert Canis http://www.robertcanis.com/ will be leading workshops during the course of the project to inspire Breathing Londoners. Watch the website for his October 2016 and April 2017 workshops.....
Attendance at these workshops is strictly limited to 10 participants so that Robert can give each person individual attention.
Image Heron on Battersea Park Lake © Jennette Russell