Walks and Talks - Previous Walks:
Fungi – a walk with Brian Spooner (October)
Brian led a walk to learn more about the Fungi in Bushy Park, especially those in the Woodland Gardens in the autumn.
Birds of Bushy Park – a walk with John Strachan (October)
John led a walk to learn more about the birds in Bushy Park, especially birds using the bracken and hawthorn bushes.
Dragonflies and Damselflies of Bushy Park- a walk with Simon Elson (August)
Simon Elson led a walk explaining key aspects of their biology, which habitats to find them in and how to identify dragonflies and damselflies. This walk was in August so has the later flying species.
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Butterflies of Bushy Park – a walk with May Webber (August)
May Webber (from The Royal Parks) led a walk to learn more about the later butterflies in Bushy Park.
Lancelot (Capability) Brown at Hampton Court – a walk with Graham Dillamore
Graham Dillamore (from HRP) led a walk to learn more about Lancelot (Capability) Brown final years at Hampton Court.
Bushy House and the NPL – a talk by Andrew Hanson from the National Physics LaboratoryAndrew shares the history behind Bushy House and the start of the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), plus some of the work they do now. Click here to open video
Rare and interesting trees of the Pheasantry and Woodland gardens, a walk with Ian Rodger (from the Royal Parks)Ian Rodger, Arboriculture Manager from The Royal Parks shares some of the amazing trees of Bushy Park’s Woodland Gardens. Click here to open video
Beetles and Invertebrates – a walk with Connor Butler (from the Royal Parks)Connor Butler, from The Royal Parks shares some of the amazing insects and bugs in Bushy Park, including his specialist subject, dung beetles! Click here to open a summary of this walk in a PDF
Hedgehogs – The ZSL Hog Surveys, a talk from Chris CarboneLondon HogWatch identifies hedgehog populations in Greater London to promote conservation strategies for their protection. Chris Carbone shares how they undertake these surveys and what they have learnt so far, including first look from the Bushy Park survey undertaken in 2022. Click here to open video
Hedgehogs in our London garden by Elizabeth and JohnElizabeth, one of our volunteers, shares how her family discovered hedgehogs in their garden on the outskirts London. Plus what they learnt about their behaviour through the use of cameras and what they did to help them thrive. Click here to open video
Dr Terry Gough shares memories of his career at HRP – March 2023Dr Terry Gough shares memories of his career through the garden projects he’s managed for Historic Royal Palaces, especially Hampton Court and Kensington. He explores how he managed restoring historic gardens with the requirements for today’s visitors. Click here to open video
British Birds of Prey – a talk from John Buckingham from the Sandwich Bird ObservatoryJohn shared an overview of the UK birds of Prey including the raptors, such as Kestrels or Red Kite and the Owls we may find in Bushy and Home Parks. This included how their behaviour and their anatomy work together to make them successful predators. Click here to open the video
A Medieval Christmas, a talk by Tony McMahon (The bearded historian)Tony shared an insight into the celebrations of a medieval Christmas and how it formed many of our traditions today. This brings together Christianity, Paganism, different belief systems from around Europe, including the Roman gods! Tony is a well-known historian appearing regularly on TV documentaries. Click here to open the video .
Operation Centaur – preserving the shire horses, a talk from Dr Andreas LiefoogheShire horses weigh over a tonne and are rarer than the giant panda. Andreas shares how Operation Centaur is trying to preserve them and the art of working with these rare breeds alive, through estate conservation, heritage, community projects and equine therapy. Click here to open the video
Fungi in the Woodland Gardens of Bushy Park, with Brian SpoonerAutumn is a time when fungi emerge all over Bushy Park. Our expert guide, the mycologist and author, Brian Spooner Ph.D. shares his knowledge and helps us identify specimens we find in the Woodland Gardens Click here to read a summary
Evening Bat Walk in Bushy Park, with Philip BriggsPhilip Briggs from the Bat Conservation Trust gave us a wonderful introduction to these intriguing creatures of the night. On our twilight walk we searched for some of the bats in Bushy Park and found 4 different species. Photo: Bat Conservation Trust Click here to read a summary
Trees living with fungi and invertebrates, a walk with Greg PackmanTrees create their own ecological community with fungi and invertebrates. Some of these relationships are welcomed, whilst others are harmful. Both the tree and the invertebrates adapt to stay one step ahead of the other. Greg gives us an insight into this special world. Click here to open the video
Botanical walk along the towpath alongside Hampton Court, with Pippa HydeAn experienced botanist, Pippa Hyde, guides us along the tow path by Hampton Court. She identifies the plants that live in this unique habitat and shares their mythology. Click here to read a summary
Butterflies of Bushy Park, a walk with May Webber (from the Royal Parks)May Webber from The Royal Parks Mission Invertebrate team guides us through some of the butterflies and moths of Bushy Park. She shares with us their biology and their behaviour. We also looked as the intriguing solitary wasps and bees that call the paths of Bushy their home. Click here to read a summary
The Veteran Trees of Bushy Park, a walk with Ian Rodgers (from the Royal Parks)Ian Rodger is the head arboriculturists with The Royal Parks and he knows his stuff when it comes to trees! He shared why the veteran trees of Bushy Park are so special, their biology, how they age and the challenges he has in managing them. Click here to open the video
Aspects of Hampton Hill History – a talk by John Sheaf – April 2022John shares the early days of Hampton Hill, the influence of St James’s Church on the area’s development, the introduction of trams, the pubs of the village, the First World War and the Canadian hospital in Upper Lodge in Bushy Park. Click here to open the video
Prehistory to World War Two – Archaeology in Bushy Park – with Tom Greeves – March 2022Tom Greeves is a landscape archaeologist by training, and he undertook his survey of Bushy Park in 1993. Tom shared highlights of his work with a talk to support our AGM and a walk the following day. Despite the flatness of The Park there are areas of irregularities that can be interpreted, every feature has a message, you just need to attune your eye to them. Toms helped us to find some of these historic features and uncover some of the secret history of Bushy Park. Click here for more on this talk
The Longford River – a talk by Graham Dillamore – February 2022Graham Dillamore works for the Historic Royal Palaces at Hampton Court and has been studying the route and history of the Longford River for the past 8 years. The river is an amazing feat of engineering and was commissioned by Charles I in 1630’s to help bring more water to Hampton Court from the River Colne 11 miles away. Graham’s talk and slide presentation has been captured in on video – click here to open
Diary of Observing and Photographing the birds in Bushy Park – by John Strachan – January 2022John shared with us some of the birds he has encountered in Bushy Park over the last year. He gave great tips on where and how to see them. He only started bird photography a few years ago but showed his amazing pictures and talked through the behaviour of the birds he saw. Some the birds include kingfisher, warblers, cuckoo, skylark, and birds of prey. His slide presentation has been captured in the following video (Click here to open). See more of his photographs on Instagram @jbpstrachan
Christmas Deer Walk in Home Park – with Russell Downs – December 2021On this festive walk Russel took us to feed the deer. He talked about the Fallow Deer, their life stages, their different colouring, key aspects of managing them and maintaining a healthy herd in a walled park such as Home Park. Read the detailed notes on the walk that were recorded by Ralph Nathan (a park ranger) (Click here to open).
What’s attacking our trees? – a talk from Ana Perez Sierra – December 2021Ana Perez Sierra, Head of Tree Health Diagnostic and Advisory Service, shared latest key diseases and pests currently effecting or are potentially a threat to the trees in the UK. She welcomed our members to help in spotting some of these diseases, sharing photographs and symptoms of the main threats and to report them using TreeAlert system. (Click here to open)
How Birds Work – a talk by John Buckingham – October 2021John looked at the anatomy and biology of what makes birds so special and unique. He talked about the different types of feathers, the adaptation of their bones and how their eyes see, along with how they create their spectacular colours in their plumage. This slide presentation has been captured in the following video (click here to open). Thanks to John for allowing us to share his talk more widely.
The rut of fallow and red deer- a talk by John Lock – September 2021John Lock focussed his talk on the male deer with their different types of antlers and their approach to the ruts, especially the fallow deer (which he studied) and the differences with red deer. A full-length version of the talk is available on the accompanying PDF (click here to open).
Nature Walks through grasslands – with Pippa Hyde – July 2021
An exploration the glorious diversity of fauna and flora amongst the acid-grasslands alongside the Pheasantry. The walk lead by Pippa Hyde and Rebecca Harvey, unearthed some hidden gems in this wonderful environment. The species seen are recorded in the photographs in the accompanying PDF (click here to open).