1. The harshest weather is over and spring is here (again). Winter sloughed away the dead/dying vegetation, the land’s recharged, exfoliated, fresh faced and ready to start again.
2. Under bright skies and the constant flow of air traffic, ducks and moorhens and geese etc bask and fish among the city’s wasted STUFF: forgotten shoes and slabs of polystyrene, otter-shaped garden statues stolen by the floods.
3. Sherbet-pink blossom flakes from cherry trees and carries in the breeze like sugared wishes.
4. Wildflowers pop up in riverside wastelands, acid-bright against the fading grey.
5. In Battersea Park, this is the perfect time to see the heronries, while the herons are gathering to breed and raise their young and the vegetation is still thin enough to get a good view of their huge, unlikely nests.
Perched precariously in the tops of the tallest trees, herons tend to their tangled clumps of twigs in a spectacle that seems somehow lost in time – Pterodactyls roosting in front of Battersea Power Station, swooping and squawking and bickering with each other mid-air.
6. Bully swans team up into bully pairs to hassle the geese on the lake – nipping, bashing, chasing, hissing.
7. Geese fly low and heavy in the sky, honking a song in unison.