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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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Pelicans

The Royal Parks presents virtual feeding of the pelicans

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Where. Live from St James’s Park. Stream via The Royal Parks Facebook Page

When: Thursday 7 May 2020, 2.30pm

This Thursday (7 May 2020) watch the first ever live stream of the pelicans of St James’s Park. At 2.30pm, they will be fed by our resident Wildlife Officer, Hugh Smith, and filmed by Park Manager, Mark Wasilewski.

St James’s Park is one of the most visited parks in the country and is surrounded by famous landmarks that include Buckingham Palace, St James’s Palace and Clarence House. The park is steeped in history and tradition, and that is exactly why our six pelicans -Gargi, Tiffany, Isla, Sun, Moon and Star - call it home.

Over 350 years ago, in 1664, the Russian ambassador presented King Charles II with two pelicans, and they’ve been a feature of the park ever since.

The band of six lead a lovely life in St James’s Park. swimming in the lake, roosting on pelican rock, and being fed their favourite fish, roach. The resident pelicans are semi-wild, and apart from feeding and the odd vet visit, interaction with people is almost non-existent.

Normally, the pelicans tend not to wander too far from the lake but, with the park now largely empty of visitors, they have been spotted spreading out on benches and even taking a stroll on Birdcage Walk. However, if visitors should ever find themselves in close proximity to a pelican, please respect them by giving them space, and do not touch or feed them.

Before lockdown, the daily feeding of the pelicans was a big hit with visitors, but to avoid any potential breaches of social distancing, we’ve been feeding them out of public view. We’ve had lots of people get in touch to find out how they are doing and whether they are still being fed, so we decided to bring the pelicans to you in your own homes.

To watch the live stream, simply visit [https://www.facebook.com/TheRoyalParksLondon](The Royal Parks presents virtual feeding of the pelicans

CALL FOR PHOTOS OF THE PARKS

Thank you to all who donated photos for this year’s 2020 calendar which proved very popular and sold out completely. We now invite you to submit photos showing views, fauna and flora across the seasons in both Bushy and Home Parks for our 2021 Friends Calendar.

All profits from the calendar go towards supporting projects in the parks. Projects in previous years which the Friends have supported include Barn Owl Manor in Home Park (a specialised nesting box for barn owls) and the restoration of the Water Gardens.

Please submit your photos to fbhpdigitalphotolibrary@yahoo.com in the following format:

* Landscape orientation

* JPEG

* Send as an attachment, rather than in the body of an email

* If you have more than one image which is similar, please add a number

* Maximum number of photos per photographer is 6

* Please rename your photo with your surname, title (optional), month, the park where the photo was taken and the approximate location. You can put the photo information in the body of the email if this is easier. (For example, Smith2, February, Bushy Park, Woodland Gardens, or Jones, June, Home Park, Kestrel near the Long Water.)

The deadline for entry is the 31st May 2020. Any photos submitted after this date will be put forward for the 2022 calendar. Photos selected will be credited on the calendar with the photographer’s name.

Calendar 2022. Thinking ahead, we are considering having a theme for the 2022 calendar which you might like to bear in mind when you are out an about taking photos. That theme would be photos of the Parks that are amusing or make you smile.

We look forward to seeing your photos showing the Parks in all their glory across the seasons, and thanks again for your contributions

DOGS & DEER DON’T MIX

9 February 2020

We have received a report of a large dog attacking a deer in Bushy Park. Sadly, as a result of its injuries, the deer had to be destroyed.

PLEASE, FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY AND THAT OF THE WILD DEER - KEEP DOGS UNDER PROPER CONTROL AT ALL TIMES WHEN AROUND WILDLIFE.

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On the morning of Saturday 3 November a group of members of the Friends assisted Sharon Evans, the Bushy Park Head Gardener, in planting an area of the Woodland Gardens.

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Visitor Centre

The Visitor Centre next to the Pheasantry 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 Visitor Centre section and also to find out how you can get involved as a volunteer.