Nature lovers and visitors to Walpole Park braved the rain last Saturday (6 October) to see a showcase of the best wildlife photography the borough has to offer at the launch of a new outdoor exhibition.
Organised in partnership between Ealing Council and Ealing Wildlife Group (EWG), the exhibition displays the winning entries from this year’s borough-wide photography competition which ran over the previous month.
The winning entries include top local wildlife photos of everything from beautiful barn owls, to squirrels, moths and horse chestnuts.
Now in its second year, the EWG photography competition provides a showcase for the borough’s nature, parks and open spaces and celebrates the important relationships between people and wildlife.
Sean McCormack, founder of the EWG said: “After the success of our first wildlife photo exhibition last year, we were delighted to bring this exhibition to Walpole Park once again.
“We were conscious not to make this a purely technical photography exhibition, so you’ll see gorgeous photos by experts and amateurs alike. It celebrates relationships with nature and showcases our local open spaces.
“Through members of EWG we’ve uncovered some impressive urban wildlife living amongst us including bats, owls, unusual birds, rare stag beetles, beautiful butterflies and a vibrant community of people that care about them.
“We regularly run bat walks for all the family and have several conservation volunteering opportunities coming up. Do come join us both online and at the opening of our wonderful exhibition. A lot of hard work has gone into it and we’re sure you’ll be impressed.”
Councillor Mik Sabiers, cabinet member for environment and highways said “Walpole Park is the perfect venue to host this year’s Wildlife Photography Exhibition and is a beautiful green space rich in nature in its own right. I encourage residents to visit and enjoy the superb photography showcasing the borough’s wildlife and congratulate the winning entries.
“We have rich biodiversity and flourishing wildlife in the borough and hopefully this exhibition will help inspire residents of all ages to enjoy the green spaces and wildlife on right here on their doorstep.”
Entry to the exhibition is free and can be viewed at all times the park is open.
The photos in this article appear courtesy of Sean McCormack of the Ealing Wildlife Group.