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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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Fallow Deer in Home Park

Fallow Deer in Home Park

Fallow Deer sparring in Home Park (photo by Annie Murray)

A walk on Saturday March 23rd. 2013 led by John Lock

A few intrepid Friends braved the weather and were rewarded by seeing many deer and learning so much about Fallow deer and how they differ from their Red cousins.

Fallow deer

We also saw evidence of last year’s rut where the deer dig pits in the ground. Some gentle sparring was taking place as we headed towards the golf course – Fallow antlers will not be lost until after Easter.

We joined more deer dodging golf balls as we crossed the course on the way back, pausing to examine some of the amazing antlers John had secreted in his rucksack.

A hot drink at the Tiltyard café helped to restore circulation while we remembered the end of last year’s Bushy Park perimeter walk in March and how hot we were and in need of a cold drink!

Fallow deer in Home Park by Annie Murray
Many thanks to John who went on to spend another couple of hours looking at the deer in Bushy Park.

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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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Walks & Talks

Forthcoming event

Thursday, 25th Oct 8:00 pm

TALK by Kate Canning, “Friends to nature – the wonder of bees”

Latest report

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

Full report...

Information Point

The Information Point next to the Pheasantry Welcome Centre café is where our volunteers help visitors 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.