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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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Deer Attack

We are sorry to have to record the deer attack on a young girl on Wednesday 24 October. The Royal Parks and the Friends of Bushy and Home Parks are continually warning visitors to refrain from getting too close to the deer, especially during the Rut and at birthing time. That is a distance of 50 metres. The unfortunate incident reported here is the reason why. PLEASE treat the deer in the same way that you will treat any wild animal.

BBC article reproduced below.

“A young girl is in hospital after being gored by a stag in one of London’s Royal Parks. The child, thought to be aged seven, sustained a leg injury in the attack at Bushy Park in south-west London on Wednesday afternoon. A spokesman for the park explained that eyewitnesses said the girl’s family was “standing very close to the stag and taking photos”. The extent of her injuries is not known. Paramedics and London’s Air Ambulance were sent to the park at about 15:30 BST.

‘Immensely strong’

Assistant park manager Bill Swan said: “This distressing incident is an unfortunate but powerful warning to everyone why it is dangerous to approach stags during the autumn rutting season, and at any time in fact. “Stags are wild animals, and they are especially unpredictable at this time of year, and can act defensively if they are aggravated or feel cornered. “They are immensely strong and can move very fast to defend themselves, even from lying down when resting. “We have warning signs at key locations across Bushy Park asking people to stay at least 50m away from the deer; people must keep their distance to prevent such incidents occurring.” According to the Royal Parks, there are more than 300 wild deer in Bushy Park”

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Walks & Talks

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Friday, 25th Jan 8:00 pm

Talk by Ian Jones-Healy “Dr John Langdon Down and the history of Normansfield“.

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