The straight lines of the ponds, bridges and boardwalks make it clear that this is an artificial wetland but the ducks and moorhens don’t mind. The still water reflects buildings and cranes among the clouds but it’s the shoals of small fish that attract the attention of the children exploring the park (as well as a passing heron).
Parc Martin Luther King was built, dug and planted on old railway sidings and is divided by a track still in service. The bridge over the track, with veranda and activity centre, gives great views across the park and surrounding developments.
There were sparrows hopping around in the reeds today but they might be joined by more ‘rural’ birds before long. The only time I’ve ever seen a bearded tit (star of British reed beds) was in a narrow strip of wetland in London’s Regent’s Park. Make room for wildlife and wild life moves in.