|Tread Lightly in Richmond Park
|9 ways to help protect the Park and its wildlife
|Why is it a problem?
|How you can help
|1 Leaving litter
|Encourages vermin; if eaten can kill deer and birds (five deer killed a year); is also anti-social.
|Please take litter home with you or dispose of it in bins.
|2 Barbecues and fires
|Major fire risk; barbecues cause damage to trees and grassland.
|Do not light barbecues or fires; please call the police immediately if you see one.
|3 Removing chestnuts, flora and other objects
|Chestnuts are important winter food for deer; removal of flora, fungi and wood upsets the biodiversity of the Park.
|Do not remove anything from the Park.
|4 Disturbing fallen and dead wood
|Damages the habitats of beetles and other insects, invertebrates and plants
|Please do not build dens, pile up, dislodge or remove wood.
|5 Dumping of pets and plants
|The contents of aquaria or garden ponds, spawn, tadpoles terrapins, other pets upset the balance of native species.
|Do not release any pets, plants or animals in the Park.
|6 Dog waste
|Bacteria and parasites are a health threat to wildlife and humans; nutrients damage acid grassland and wild flowers; dog waste is also anti-social.
|Please pick up and dispose of dog waste in bins provided.
|7 Uncontrolled dogs
|Can kill, injure and disturb deer (six
deer killed a year),
swans, water fowl; scare nesting skylarks; damage ponds.
|Keep dogs on leads in designated areas and controlled at all times.
|8 Off-road cycling
|Damages grass and paths through erosion; disturbs and stresses wildlife.
|Cycle only on roads and designated paths (see maps in the Park).
|9 Speeding traffic
|Accidents kill five to ten deer per year; emissions damage flora; disturbs tranquillity.
|Observe the 20 mph speed limit.
|About Richmond Park
|Richmond Park is the largest urban park
in Europe. Created by Charles I as a royal hunting park
in 1637, it retains the open grassland and ancient trees
from that time and provides an area of peace and
tranquility only eight miles from the centre of London.
|The Park is open to everyone to enjoy.
It offers space for a wide range of activities from
cycling and running to walking, observing nature or just
|However, the Park contains several
fragile ecosystems and is home to thousands of species of
fauna and flora, many of which are rare and protected.
|It is a National Nature Reserve, a Site
of Special Scientific Interest and a European Special
Area of Conservation.
|Richmond Park is under increasing
pressure from the three million of us who visit it every
year. In the last 50 years, the Park has lost many
species of wildlife, such as the brown hare, pheasant,
grey partridge and numerous wild flowers.
|You can help to protect and conserve the
Park and its wildlife for your next visit and for future
|Please Tread Lightly whatever you
are doing in the Park by following the 9 Ways. Otherwise
we may destroy the very thing we have come to enjoy.