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Nature.

How do you create the first new public park in Darlington in the past 100 years, but still make it look as if it's been there forever?

West Park Nature Reserve is the result of a quite massive project. Over 30 acres of woodland, wildflower meadows and wetlands, which is now enjoyed by people and wildlife alike.

Oak leaves

Flora

There are approximately 46,000 trees on West Park Nature Reserve - almost one for each home in Darlington! All are individually planted with care to construct a feeling of natural woodland, but designed around winding paths and features.

Bird on fence post

Fauna

The local residents aren't just people... West Park is now the adopted home to a large (and growing) number of birds, butterflies, bats, frogs, and many other animals and insects.

Try counting the number of types of butterfly. One of them is the rare Dingy Skipper.

Many British birds live on West Park, including the occasional kingfisher at the pond, and birds of prey stopping over.

Past events have included night-time bat walks, which is a great way to see just how many of them can be found here.