Cities and the balance between nature and man



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Cities and the balance between nature and man

Nature tries to recapture the metropolises, pushing itself from the rural areas to take back part of what was once hers: trying to find a fragile balance with human coexistence. London is a striking example of this fact. Between the lawns of Hampstead Heath, Hyde Park, Regents Park, Primrose Hill, Kensington Gardens and all the other bigger ans smallest park, there is an undergrowth that you do not expect.

Small and large animals that populate the most famous and most remote corners of the metropolis. The most famous are perhaps the squirrels. In nearly every large London park, hordes of friendly squirrels have colonized the big trees, from Hyde Park to Regents Park.

They got so used to the presence of man that they approached their hands to take pieces of food. Attention, because I have seen them even in high-density urban areas, in small gardens or green areas. Mice can be seen at every corner: on the subway, around the streets of the suburbs and downtown.

Birds of different species can be seen both in the parks and darting over the city. Crows, seagulls, geese, swans, thrushes, little owls and owls. Finally the foxes. Unbelievable but true, the British capital is teeming with foxes.

Now not only in the outskirts, but even close to the center. Harmless and always beautiful to look at, they approach urban places in search of food, rummaging through the garbage or hunting in the largest parks, such as Hampstead.

The coexistence between man and nature is fragile, but in London it seems to have found a certain balance, creating biosystems that are practically unique, in their fragility, but still historical and an integral part of the English metropolis.

London best places to oserve the link between man and nature

Putting aside the most famous and touristic Hyde Park, Regent's Park, Green Park and Kensington Gardens for once, the best to explore is Hampstead Heath. Wild and off the beaten path, it is located in the charming village of Hampstead.

Its ponds and walks are half for many Londoners who want to enjoy a day at the park on Sundays. Golders Hill Park, on the border between Hampstead, Golders Hill and Golders Green, is a beautiful corner of greenery. Careful but not too much, with its lakes and lush vegetation.
Greenwich Park, refined and elegant green space, with noteworthy architecture, an observatory and a splendid view of the city.

South West London, in Wimbledon, the park covers an area of 460 hectares. The conservation of flora and fauna have made it a site of scientific interest. The tranquility in which you can walk can make you forget the city stress