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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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Gnat's genitals reveal new species in the UK

Gnat's genitals reveal new species in the UK

Bushy Gnat

To some, flies are nothing more than a nuisance, but a new species has been discovered in the UK for the first time – thanks to the shape of its genitals.

The Grzegorzekia bushyae or Bushy Gnat is so called after a new find at Bushy Park, placing the London attraction on the worldwide insect map.

While identifying fungus gnats caught in the park, entomologist Peter Chandler found a species of the genus Grzegorzekia that had “a genital structure markedly different” to the widespread species Grzegorzekia collaris – the only previously known species of that kind in Britain.

Specimens found in the Waterhouse Woodland Gardens towards the western edge of the park were found to be a new species identified in the UK, which is also thought to be scarce across Europe.

Read the full story from the Royal Parks website here.

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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