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With over 445 hectares (1,099 acres) of land, Bushy Park is the second largest Royal Park in London and there is an incredible range of wildlife and habitats within its walls.

Some of the park’s animals are hard to miss, like the herds of deer that have been kept here for more than 500 years.  But others are more elusive: water voles, hedgehogs, bats and several hundred rare species of invertebrates have all set up home in Bushy.  See how many of these creatures you come across on your next visit…

Mammals

The mix of woodland and grassland areas in Bushy Park makes it ideal for a variety of mammals.

Invertebrates

Bushy Park is of national importance for its insects and other invertebrates, with 123 nationally scarce or threatened species recorded so far.

Birds

There is a long list of birds that can be found in Bushy Park which includes all three native woodpeckers, kestrel, tawny owl and a range of waterfowl.

Fish

Bushy Park's many ponds and streams are home to a very good range of fish including perch, roach, chub, bream and rudd.

Deer in Bushy Park

Bushy Park is a deer park. Red and Fallow Deer still roam freely throughout the park, just as they did when Henry VIII used to hunt here.

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