Stunning snaps of an array of Ealing’s wildlife are currently on display at an exhibition in Walpole Park, which has been extended until the end of November due to popular demand.
The 24 pictures on show are winners of a recent competition for local photographers, run by the Ealing Wildlife Group. They can be seen on large display boards positioned along the avenues of the park.
The competition and exhibition has been organised in partnership between the council and Ealing Wildlife Group and aims to showcase the borough’s nature, parks and open spaces, celebrating the important relationships between people and local wildlife.
Sean McCormack, founder of Ealing Wildlife Group explains: “We launched this photo exhibition to show the amazing nature on our doorstep in Ealing. When I set up Ealing Wildlife Group on Facebook last year I never realised how many wildlife fans and experts we had, not to mention some very talented photographers.
“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 Ealing Wildlife Group 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 Bassam Mahfouz, the council’s cabinet member for transport, leisure and environment said: “As a beautiful green space rich in nature, Walpole Park is the perfect venue to host an exhibition like this. I encourage residents to visit and enjoy the superb photography showcasing the borough’s wildlife.
“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. A launch event for the exhibition is taking place at 1pm this Saturday (30 September) outside the Rickyard Café and local people are welcome to attend.
The photos in this article appear courtesy of Sean McCormack, James Morton and Jenny Gough of the Ealing Wildlife Group.