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Chair’s Welcome

I am delighted as Chair of the Friends to welcome you to our website. Bushy Park and Home Park are two wonderful large green oases in the south west corner of London. Feeling wild, they are natural places with ancient histories, fascinating heritage and superb wildlife. Both are Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) containing rare species. These are places to be enjoyed and conserved. Which is why the Friends exist, campaigning, supporting and protecting the parks, and enhancing visitors’ enjoyment with information, advice and guidance.

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Tick Alert

Tick Alert

Tick bites leaflet

The warm weather and plant growth provides cover for ticks that can attach themselves to deer, dogs or humans passing through long grass or bracken during the summer months, potentially causing Lyme disease. The ticks feed by piercing the skin to suck blood.

While only a small proportion of ticks can transmit Lyme disease and the chances of contracting the disease are low, symptoms can be serious so it’s worth taking sensible precautions. Wearing long trousers, long sleeved shirts and using insect repellents can help to prevent ticks.

If you find a tick on you and develop cold/flu like symptoms or find a rash develops it is precautionary to tell your doctor. Dogs can be prevented from getting ticks by using drops supplied in pet shops or vets.

Tick removers are available to buy at the Information Point and vets.

For a leaflet giving more information on how to protect yourself, what to look for and what to do if you find a tick, click /perch/resources/1322tickleaflet-finalapril2010.pdf here.

Walks & Talks

Forthcoming event

Thursday, 27th Sep 8:00 pm

TALK by Adam Curtis, “Bats in Richmond and Bushy parks”.

Latest report

A perimeter walk of Home Park led by Nicholas Garbutt was enjoyed by over 45 people on 2nd September.

Full report...