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Ecological Introduction to Bushy Park

  • Location: London
  • Tutor: Sharon Brown
  • Date: Sunday 23 July 2017
  • Times: 10:00 - 16:00
  • Level: Open for Everyone
  • Age Range: Adult

This course is now historical and therefore no bookings can be taken. Explore our current programme of courses here

Course Details

An ecological introduction to the grasslands, ponds and streams of Bushy Park. The grasslands at Bushy are vast for their urban setting. We will get to know a range of the plant and butterfly species of some of the acid and neutral grasslands. The other focus of the day will be on the ponds and streams, doing some dipping for pondlife and taking in the wetland plants as well.

A short introdution indoors to the neutral grassland flora and butterflies and the pond flora and fauna immediately behind the Stockyard at Bushy Park. We will then go out to scrutinise and identify the meadow and wetland plants, including grasses, carry out some pond dipping again identifying our finds. (The meadow land here holds a different flora to that of the main public Bushy Park, which we will explore during the afternoon). Back in the classroom we can use the microscopes and put on screen items that we find.

the afternoon will start with an ecological introduction to the extensive Bushy Park grasslands open to the public. These are acid grasslands with a contrasting flora, history and management. We will take most of the afternooon to walk out to see part of the Park, looking at the plant species we find, considering their ecological value and what this tells us about the past and present.

Course fee includes a copy of the FSC fold out chart: Freshwater Name Trail


Sharon Brown is a qualified botanist – geographer currently working as an independent ecologist with vegetation assessment and management as a main area of expertise. Over time she has also worked for the Nature Conservancy Council, Scottish Rangering and Wildlife Trusts. As a naturalist she has a fascination for wild places and the not so wild and an enthusiasm for passing this to others through practical application.


  • 0930 Registration
  • 1000 Welcome, Health and Safety & Introduction
  • 1015 Morning session
  • 1300 Lunch
  • 1330 Afternoon Session
  • 1550 Taking your interest further and Course Reviews
  • 1600 Course finishes

What to bring

  • Lunch and plenty to drink
  • Suitable clothing & footwear, waterproofs or sun cream as appropriate!
  • Notebook and pencil
  • Small bag to carry personal items
  • Binoculars

Health and Safety

  • There will be a member of staff with first aid training and access to a first aid kit on site.
  • If you have special medical requirements please let us know as soon as possible so we can plan the course.
  • Please be aware that this is a Deer Park, and there can be ticks. Please consider wearing long sleeved tops and trousers, even if the weather is nice, and bring insect repellent.

Meeting point / Location

The Stockyard, Bushy Park.

FSC in Bushy Park

FSC have been working in partnership with The Royal Parks to deliver courses since 2011. In Bushy Park, our education Centre has two classrooms, toilet facilities, a small kitchen and office space. Alongside this is an area of the Park for education use, not open to members of the public. With two large meadows and grassland areas, woodland areas and three ponds, this is an exciting and inspiring space to discover more about the Park.

Located near Hampton Court Palace, Bushy Park's mixture of woods, gardens, ponds and grassland makes it a fantastic place to enjoy wildlife with roaming herds of Red and Fallow Deer. The park is also home to the famous Chestnut Avenue, a formal Baroque water garden and the beautiful Diana Fountain.


Further Information

Bushy Park Directions

This course is now historical and therefore no bookings can be taken.

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