St. Marks Fly (Bibio Marci)
The St Mark’s Fly is a species of true fly, known as Hawthorn flies and are so called because they emerge around St Mark’s Day on April 25 every year and can be seen in flight in May. They are found around woodland edges, hedges, rough grassland and wetlands so can often be seen flying around Richmond Park.
The St. Mark’s flies are around 12-14mm in length with clear wings, large eyes and long dangly legs but are easily recognised, as they fly slowly up and down, at around head height. The flies have a very short adult life cycle, being in flight for only about a week, as the majority of their time is spent as larva in the soil feeding on rotting vegetation. In springtime the males emerge first followed a few days later by the females. After mating, females lay their eggs in the soil and die soon afterwards.
The St. Mark’s flies are very useful, as they feed on nectar, making them important pollinators of both fruit trees and crops.
There are 600 Red and Fallow deer roaming freely in Richmond Park, which play a vital role in the park's history and also in shaping today’s landscape.
The deer give birth to their young from late May to July and can often be hidden by their mothers amongst the bracken and long grass. The young are vulnerable to disturbance from humans and dogs at this time so their mothers will therefore be defensive.
The deer are wild animals so please respect the following:
- Keep at least 50 metres away from the deer and be aware of your surroundings so that you do not come between a mother and her calf.
- Do not touch, feed or photograph the deer at close range.
- Deer can feel threatened by dogs, even over long distances, so please use alternative places, if possible. However if you choose to walk in the park please keep your dog on a lead and consider an alternative route, such as following the wall line of the park where you are close to exit gates, and stay clear of the remote quiet places where the deer are more likely to have young.
Gas Line Repairs
The gas line leading from Ladderstile Gate towards the main park road is being replaced so there is a temporary compound and works taking place in this area for the next 4-6 weeks.
The contractors, working on behalf of EDF Energy, have been briefed about the park, the access routes and the bus stop near to Ladderstile Gate, which will still remain in operation.
Please respect this area and do not interfere with the work or any of the barriers.
Transport for London’s ‘Quietways’ Programme
TfL has funded traffic calming measures including three raised crossing points, surface improvements, ancillary works and signage. Work is currently underway on Middle Road so access may be temporarily restricted at times.
Park Road Closures
Richmond Park will be closed on Sunday 4 June for the Timothy James & Partners London 10 Mile run, which is a new event being held in Richmond Park for the first time. For more information please visit: http://www.london10mile.com/info
Richmond Park will also be closed on Sunday 30 July for Ride London event and on Sunday 17 September for the Duathlon event.
“Please take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints and kill nothing but time”