Tom 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.
Graham 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
John 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
On 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).
Ana 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)
John 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.
John 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).
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).
An Overview of Royal Parks project and how they are working to protect our wildlife.
This talk was given via Zoom. To watch a recording click here