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Visitor Centre

If you have never been to Bushy Park or Home Park, then you might want to start at the Visitor Centre to find out all about these two historic parks, which are both Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

The Friends operate the Visitor Centre in partnership with The Royal Parks and provide a welcoming and friendly source of advice and guidance to visitors to the two parks. Talk to our knowledgeable volunteers. They will be delighted to tell you what they know about the parks’ histories and the parks’ flora and fauna.

When We Are Open

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE VISITOR CENTRE IS AT PRESENT CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS. We will open again as soon as we can. Thank you for your patience.

The Visitor Centre is open and operated by our uniformed volunteers at weekends and bank holidays between the hours of 11.00 and 15.00 in the winter and between 10.00 and 16.00 in the summer. During school holidays the Visitor Centre may also be open.

Location

The Visitor Centre is located at the Pheasantry in the middle of Bushy Park next to the main entrance to the Woodland Gardens, alongside the café and café car park. N.B. On The Royal Parks map of Bushy Park the Visitor Centre may be referred to as Information Point.

Please see this map for details: Map of Bushy Park

Discovery Zone

At the Visitor Centre you will find maps, displays of natural items from the parks, video and photographic images of the parks, wildlife description boards, and a wide range of information leaflets about the history and natural environment of the parks.

Children have a dedicated “Discovery Zone” where they can draw pictures and examine specimens. Our unique display barrow contains deer antlers, bird nests, and the Big Pine Cone which can weigh up to 2.5 kilograms. Younger children will receive a sticker to wear when they show interest in our displays.

Visitors can also purchase locally produced honey from hives in the park, greetings cards, fold-out information leaflets from the Field Studies Council, and other Friends’ souvenir merchandise. All the profits from sales go towards the Friends appeal funds which are used to support projects in the two parks.

Monthly Diary

Bushy Park – June 2020 Diary

Baby Deer

It is usual for the Park’s deer to give birth in May, June and July. The young are not ready to follow their mothers for one or two weeks and hide in dense bracken, with their mothers grazing in the vicinity.

Bracken is therefore important to deer to hide their young. However, if you find a young deer on its own outside of bracken, please leave it as its mother will know where it is and return to feed it later.

It is not advisable to walk your dog in the Park during this time. If you choose to, at your own risk, please keep your dog on a lead and consider an alternative route close to exit gates.

If pursued by a deer, let go of the lead. The deer are less likely to charge if the dog runs away from them. If a Red or Fallow Deer approaches you it is probably because she has a calf somewhere nearby. Walking away from her may inadvertently mean that you are walking towards the calf causing her to be more defensive. The preferred course of action would be to retrace your footsteps, back the way you came and take a wide berth on a different track.

Ticks and Lyme disease

Ticks are small creatures related to spiders and mites and feed on the blood of humans, dogs and other animals. They cannot jump or fly, so they cling onto vegetation and wait until host brushes past to attach to their skin. Whilst the risk is very low, they may transmit Lyme’s disease.

During spring, summer and autumn, ticks are more numerous and more active. Park visitors are advised to guard against tick bites by avoiding tall vegetation (especially if you are wearing shorts) and by staying on well worn paths. Insect repellent can also be used. Check yourself after walking in the Park and remove ticks immediately. If concerned, you feel unwell or a rash appears; consult your GP immediately. For more information, please see The Royal Parks website, notice boards within the park.

Bird News – Important information

Bushy Park has 2 small colonies of Skylark, the colony in the south-east corner of the park have been gradually squeezed into a smaller and smaller area by the spread of the Bracken. In the last couple of years we have taken measures to control it, this has worked well and now the birds had began reclaiming old nesting sites. We are doing this because this species is in decline nationally and within the park, so needs your help.  These measures were working, with numbers increasing by 3 or 4 pairs. If you are in control of a dog, please follow the instruction on the signs and put your dog on a lead. The other Skylark area is to the south of Upper Lodge Road, here the grassland is much healthier and is what the birds require.

Please adhere to our signs in the park.

Keep dogs on a short lead

Stay on the path

Skylarks have declined by 61% in the UK                           

Further information can be found on The Royal Parks web site.

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