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. 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 many pleasant walks around the park. 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. The park also contains Victoria Park Playing Fields.
Victoria Park is home to Parkrun, a free 5K (three miles) timed walk or jog around the park, every Saturday at 9am.
Open all year from 7.30am to sunset
Have been recording birds in Park for last 18months and forwarding records to British Trust For Ornithology. Sixty nine bird species recorded in last year, including quite a few less common species.
Also regular sightings of grey squirrels and red foxes on Inner Island. A seal spotted once in Belfast Lough Inlet leading to Boat Club.
One excellent sighting of an otter in failing light in December 2013
I have just seen a seal swimming by the new bridge and then it swam towards the boat club 10 Oct 2014
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