Billions of ants in the Park

Billions of ants are redesigning the Park’s landscape.

As part of the Royal Parks’ “Mission Invertebrate” project, researchers have carried out a ground breaking study which estimates there are nearly half a million anthills in Richmond Park, housing approximately 3 billion ants, weighing some three quarters of a tonne – heavier than an African elephant, or more locally…the equivalent of around 125 fallow deer that graze the park.

The anthills support an abundance of insects, animals, plants and fungi, vastly improving the grassland. Read more and see video.