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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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Bird Walk on 12 March 2016 (report)

Bird Walk on 12 March 2016 (report)

Jackdaw tree (Jenny Bourne)

A group of up to 70 left Diana car park and walked along the side of Heron Pond observing gadwall, tufted and mallard ducks along the way. We saw various gulls, mainly black headed, on the water as well as coots and red crested pochard. As we headed across the bracken towards Hawthorn Cottage we were lucky enough to see a little owl perched in an old hawthorn tree. Diana commented that we might also see a short-eared owl if we visited Home Park. Other birds seen were jays, jackdaws, magpies, a blackbird, green woodpecker, blue tit and of course several parakeets. Walking towards Chestnut Avenue a mistle thrush was feeding on the grass near to the road and we saw a robin on a nearby branch.

There was a heron on the water as we approached the gate into the Woodland gardens; seemingly unconcerned by the large crowd of admirers.

Once in the Pheasantry Woodland Gardens there were more ducks, Egyptian and Canada geese and moorhens. A wren could be seen on the far bank of Triss’s Pond as we listened to the lovely sound of the song thrush.
Walking back towards Diana Fountain, a pied wagtail was spotted on the grass with a cormorant perched on one of the statue’s bronzes.

Many thanks to Diana and her ‘helpers’

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Walks & Talks

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Latest report

On Saturday 8 June 2019 from 11am to 3pm members of the Friends of Bushy and Home Parks will be at the SHAEF memorial (near SHAEF Gate) and at Teddington Gate to help you envisage the scene 75 years ago when General Dwight D Eisenhower and his staff in Bushy Park were planning the campaign to liberate occupied Europe.

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Visitor Centre

The Visitor Centre next to the Pheasantry café is where our volunteers help visitors find out more about the parks and where visitors can purchase souvenirs of your visit to support our work.

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