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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Home Park is a deer park with a herd of around 300 Fallow deer, descended from the original herd of Henry VIII.These graze on the grasslands and ensure biodiversity by avoiding damage to the ancient anthills.
The acid grasslands are an important aspect of the park’s SSSI status along with veteran trees and invertebrates. Among the fine leaved grasses and acid-loving plants you may find the rare Autumn Squill.
There are avenues of trees across the park which lead to formal gardens laid out at the Eastern front of Hampton Court Palace.
Birds in the park include swan, kingfisher, tawny owl, kestrel, and sand martin. There is an artificial sand martin bank which provides a safe nesting site for the birds.
Many species of bat are found in the park. Other mammals include vole and shrew.
Butterflies, moths and many other insect species are seen in the park during the summer. Around the watercourses damsel flies and dragonflies can be seen.
Eels are found in the watercourses and grass snakes are also resident.
With more members our voice is stronger when we campaign to protect the Parks, and with more subscription income we can do more to provide information and education about the Parks, their wildlife and their history.
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A Nature trail in the Woodland Gardens on Saturday, 29th April
On a beautifully sunny Saturday morning about 50 people turned up for the Ponds Walk in Bushy Park led by Jane Cliff.Full report...
The Information Point next to the Pheasantry Welcome Centre café is where our volunteers help visitors to find out more about the parks and where visitors can purchase souvenirs of your visit to support our work.
Click this panel to visit our Information Point section and also to find out how you can get involved as a volunteer.