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Clissold Park, Deer, Goats and Ducks

Clissold Park

Clissold Park is one of the most pleasant places I have been fortunate enough to visit.  It has lakes with numerous waterfowl, a goat enclosure, a deer enclosure, a small butterfly house (sometimes), a paddling pool (sometimes), a playground, a skate park, a small aviary, tennis courts and an indoor/outdoor café.  Please click here⇐ for more information and an expandable park map.

The above view is from near the Green Lanes entrance.  Probably the easiest means of travel is to Manor House underground rail station then a bus 141 or 341 (from Stop C beside the shops opposite the Park View Cafe) traveling south and alight at the second stop after passing the large brick-built synagogue with two towers.

Clissold Park Fountain

Just to the left of the entrance is the first lake (the other is a little further along) where, of course, will be found some of these ⇓.

Clissold Park White Ducks

White Ducks

Clissold Park Canada Goose Goslings.DSC_3620For more Clissold Park wildfowl including Canada Geese Goslings please click here ⇐.

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Clissold Park Egyptian Goose Gosling DSC_3928And, for still more with Egyptian Geese Goslings, Mallard Ducklings and Coot Chicks please click here ⇐.

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And, there are some ducks here ⇓ followed by some four legged critters and the café with its Wisteria. 🙂

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Tufted Duck

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Another Tufted Duck

Which James Bond film does he ⇑ remind you of ?

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Redhead Duck

” I may appear to be a little wooden but the girls are more relaxed” ⇓.

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Female Redhead Duck

“Oh what bliss, four or five hours to put my feet up while his nibs does posing”

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“Oh well, I suppose I could take a break.  Somebody peel me a grape”.

Further towards the church steeple and a little to the right are the enclosures..

Clissold Park Goat

“Did somebody mention nibbles”.

Clissold Park Wisteria Unknown Flower

There is small geodetic dome for a butterfly house but it was not open when I was there.  There is also a small aviary but it was not possible to photograph through the complex mesh.  So I photographed a flower instead and then on to the deer.

Clissold Park Deer

Fallow Deer

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Clissold Park Fallow Deer

You cannot enter these enclosure and these photographs were taken with a zoom lens. Nevertheless, it is an opportunity to safely see these animals and without having to travel far out of London. 

There are more deer at Bushy Park ⇐, Richmond Park and Hampton Court Old Deer Park. In those places it is possible to roam more freely (with care) although the deer can be difficult to locate in such large expanses.  The easiest to find are at Hampton Court Old Deer Park where the deer are either in the open field or somewhere beneath the single line of trees.

Clissold Park and St Mary's Church

A little further on is a view of St Mary’s Church (Stoke Newington).  The small footbridge crosses a short section of what remains of New River, which was new in 1613.  More of that later.

Moving to the left and going around, there is ⇓.

Clissold Park Cafe and St Mary's Church

The Clissold House café with its nearby hedge of Wisteria. At the bottom right can be seen a little of the old New River.

Clissold Park Female Mallard

Female Mallard

Which also has the occasional duck.

Clissold Park Wisteria

The Wisteria hedge

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Clissold Park Wisteria Close Up

Wisteria Close Up

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Clissold Park Wisteria at Cafe

On the other side of the Wisteria hedge is another area of the café.  Such places can be a little expensive, so a picnic is always worth considering.

Clissold Park Cafe

So as we leave the park, the church is at our backs and will be in another post.  Not far off is the Rose and Crown with menus⇒ where the prices are not too unreasonable for a meal and you can get a Sunday Roast up to eight or nine in the evening (probably a good idea to book ahead).

I hope you enjoyed the tour. Next is the nearby St Mary’s Church⇐ and then the slightly more rugged Woodberry Wetlands and New River walk⇐.


Clissold Park Goslings, Ducklings and Coot Chicks

“My name is Pond, James Pond, and ~”.         –   More here ⇓ and  Here⇐.

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Egyptian Geese and Goslings

“Here we come, walkin’ down the street, we get the funniest looks from, ev’ry one we meet.
Hey, hey, we’re the Goslings, and people say we paddle around.
But we’re too busy singing, to put anybody down”.

Clissold Park Egyptian Goose Gosling

“Whisper, whisper”.

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“You’re kidding”.

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“Oh my gosh, he’s right”.  “One small step for man, one giant leap for a little gosling”.

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“Oh look, I’ve got two of them”.

Clissold Park Egyptian Goose

“See what I have to put up with”.

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“Where’s that bus.  Looks like we’ll have to swim for it”

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“I get around, get around round round, I get around,
I’m gettin’ bugged driving up and down this same old strip, I gotta finda new place where the kids are hip,
My buddies and me are getting real well known, yeah, the bad guys know us and they leave us alone,
I get around, get around round round, I get around”.

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“We are sailing, we are sailing, home again ‘cross the sea.
We are sailing stormy waters, to be near you, to be free”.

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Coot and Chicks

Many people think that the expression “bald as a coot” refers to the white featherless shield on the adult coots forehead.

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There might be another explanation.

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“I saw a mouse, where, there on the stair, where on the stair, right there,
A little mouse with clogs on, well I declare, going clip clippity clop on the stair”.

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Mallard Duck

“Just call me Slick”.

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Female Mallard and Ducklings

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Mallard Duckling

“Oh soup.  The world is made of soup.  Oh frabjous day”.  🙂

Clissold Park Mallard Duckling DSC_4014“They call me Baby Driver, and once upon a pair of wheels,
Hit the road and I’m gone ah, what’s my number,
I wonder how your engine feels, ba ba ba ba”.

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Moorhen

“This is the river police.  We know you’re here somewhere. Stop all that singing and come out with your wings up”. 🙂

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More about Clissold Park and more goslings and ducks here⇐.