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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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Field Studies Council Courses

The Field Studies Council has announced the following courses in Bushy Park. Each course takes place from 9.30am to 3.30 or 4pm.

For further information on the courses or to book your place use the Field Studies Council web site: http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/london/lesiurelearning.aspx. If you are unable to find the information you need, contact the office on 0203 1300469. Places are limited, book early to avoid disappointment.

29th March – Coniferous Trees in the Park – £35
Trees form an imposing and ecologically important part of the landscape of the British Isles. This course will use the extensive collection of specimen trees in Bushy Park. We will look at features such as leaves, bark, and cones which can be used to identify the more common species.

5th April – Freshwater Algae – £40
This event will introduce participants to some of the diversity of microscopic plant life in freshwaters, including an illustrated lecture, sampling nearby ponds and streams for algae and then learning how to observe and identify them under the microscope.

12th April – Bird Watching in Bushy Park – £35
Bushy Park is a great location to spot resident and migrant birds in spring. The course is designed to help you observe and identify birds. Spend the day visiting the open parkland, the ponds, the gardens with their wooded areas and the wetland being developed in the brewhouse fields.

26th April – An Introduction to Bats and their Natural History – £35
This course is a beginner’s guide to bats. During the day we shall look into their evolution, environmental requirements, importance, threats to their existence and conservation methods. We shall cover the use of bat detectors and use them in the evening to identify some of the bats in Bushy Park.

10th May – Broadleaved Trees in the Park – £35
Trees form an imposing and ecologically important part of the landscape of the British Isles. This course will use the extensive collection of specimen trees in Bushy Park. We will look at features such as leaves, bark, flowers and fruits which can be used to identify the more common species.

7th June – Introduction to Wild Flowers in Bushy Park – £35
An informal, beginners guide to flowering plants in Bushy Park, one of London’s Royal Parks. During the day you will see a variety of species and learn more about how to identify them correctly. There will be time spent in our flower rich meadows and on the grazed acid grassland.

21st June – Introduction to Insects – £35
Insects (bees, beetles, flies, bugs etc.) are all around us, in just about every habitat. Some are popular (butterflies, ladybirds), some less so (mosquitoes, aphids) and many are just overlooked. This course introduces the major groups of insects: how to find them, how to recognise them and how they use their habitats.

5th July – Moths and Butterflies – £35
A one day course that will include examining and identifying the previous night’s moth-trap catch from Bushy Park’s woodland and wetland habitats. In the afternoon we will visit these sites for butterflies, day-flying moths and caterpillar foodplants. Indoor work will include looking at field guides and survey equipment.

19th July – London’s Butterflies – £35
What butterflies can be found in London? What do butterflies need to survive? How can you help conserve them? This course provides an introduction to butterfly natural history, identification and conservation, using a mix of indoor activities and presentations, plus fieldwork observing butterflies in the varied habitats at Bushy Park.

2nd August – Pond Dipping! – £15
Join us for pond dipping, it shouldn’t just be for kids – It is fun whatever your age! Whether you want ideas on fun nature activities or are keen to learn about the ecology of ponds this is a fun and informative course for adult beginners and amateurs.

16th August – A Botany Workshop for Artists – £70
This practical workshop in Bushy Park is suitable for anyone who illustrates flowering plants. It will demonstrate how the study of a plant can inform your artwork by helping you to understand its structure. It can also become an integral part of the excitement of producing a piece of botanical illustration.

13th September – Fungal Foray – £35
Did you know that there are over 1,500 species of fungi in London? This beginners course will explore the environment of Bushy Park, showing how and where to find different species of fungi and examining their amazing lifestyles. A combination of walks and talks will help you to identify common fungi, and find out how to avoid the potentially dangerous species!

20th September – Freshwater Algae – £40
This event will introduce participants to some of the diversity of microscopic plant life in freshwaters, including an illustrated lecture, sampling nearby ponds and streams for algae and then learning how to observe and identify them under the microscope.

4th October – Minibeast Hunt! – £15
An opportunity for adults to investigate and discover the world of minibeasts. We will hunt in habitats throughout Bushy Park including woodlands and meadow, catching and identifying invertebrates as we go! Learn more about their fascinating lifestyles and their roles in an ecosystem.

25th October – Identifying Moth Leafmines – £35
A one day course involving collecting and studying leafmining moth caterpillars in Bushy Park. In the park we will identify a variety of trees and shrubs, collecting mines from each. In the study centre these will be studied microscopically and advice given on breeding larvae through to adult moths.

Walks & Talks

Forthcoming event

Thursday, 23rd Nov 8:00 pm

The Royal Parks in the Great War. Talk by David Ivison

Latest report

A perimeter walk of Home Park led by Nicholas Garbutt was enjoyed by over 45 people on 2nd September.Walk in Home Park- 2nd September

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