For a long time now I have wanted to visit Regents Park in London to witness one of our cities biggest spectacles. Urban wildlife has always intrigued me and I have had a fair amount of experience watching Peregrines sweep over Bristol's skyline and in studying the lives of Great Crested Grebes hidden away in the man-made reservoirs and canals, merely five minutes from Cardiff City Centre. But Herons have always been a shy, lonesome bird to me that I have enjoyed watching roost over wetlands in the south west of England or silently fish on the Scottish coast. So to see half a dozen fight over food thrown to them by human hands, a stones throw away from our biggest and busiest city was a bizarre joy.
I really believe it is vitally important to hold on to these pockets of wild tranquillity within our urban areas. Escaping the busy city for five minutes of watching the grace of birds is therapeutic, calming and good for the soul.
It was also an incredible experience to witness so many younger generations being introduced to wildlife in such an accessible and exciting way - hopefully paving the way for wildlife lovers and conservationists of the future.