We are lucky enough to live right across the road from Bushy Park in SW London with fabulous views of this truly glorious parkland. As well as the lovely lakes teeming with huge carp and the stunning chestnut trees, the park is famous for its deer which roam freely and we can watch them grazing for hour on end from our balcony. It’s like having our own personal Highlands panorama right here in Teddington. I love it.
Living so close to the park at this time of year is an unusual pleasure because it’s rutting season. Throughout the day and night the normal quiet is disturbed by the large stags bellowing their hearts out in their ritual show of superiority. It was slightly disturbing when we first heard it but now its cause for us to wander over and observe these magnificent beasts at close quarters. Here’s a short video I shot for my grandsons who love to see the stags competing in their very own cervine version of the ‘The Voice’
Amazing creatures. And if the sound of the stags isn’t dramatic enough there’s another creature noise which becomes really noticeable just before dusk. It’s the sound of the green ring-necked parakeets which populate the park coming in to roost, and a large number of 30,000 or so which incredibly live in this area, collect for a day’s final fly past and social gathering in the large trees across from us. Here’s another video taken as they were all flocking and chattering away. I hope you can see and hear some of the action!
I still find it incredible that this stunning wildlife is on our doorstep whilst Waterloo Station’s less than 40 mins away.