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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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Fawns and their mothers

Paul Douglas is the ranger who cares for the deer herds in Home Park. He has this advice for us at this time of year:

From early June till early July every year about one hundred baby deer – called fawns- are born into the park.

The nature of the mothers is to leave the fawn in a safe place – usually long grass – so that she can go off and feed unhindered. She will return to the fawn every 4 to 6 hours to feed it and move it to a new location if necessary. The mother will do this for about a week or until the fawn is able to travel at foot with the mother.

When the baby deer are born, they have only rudimentary sight and can only see shadow and not shapes. If you come across a fawn it may very we’ll come out of cover thinking you are its mum. When it realises you are not – you won’t smell the same! – it will go back to cover and lay down again.

Deer have been doing this for thousands of years and have been quite successful as a species, so please do not worry if you see a young deer which appears to be on its own. And please do not approach young deer – their mothers can be quite aggressive if they think their young ones are under threat.

Walks & Talks

Forthcoming event

Thursday, 26th Oct 8:00 pm

The wonders of Fungi – talk by Brian Spooner, former head of Mycology at Kew

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

Full report...