Welly Wildlife

Welcome to our website dedicated to the wonderful wildlife at Wellington College. 

We hope you will enjoy exploring Welly’s incredible biodiversity through this website and perhaps by joining us for a tour or talk (please see our Events page, under ‘About’). At the moment, this website is very much a work in progress and represents only a small fraction of our wildlife. We are looking forward to adding much more to it over time.

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Great Spotted Woodpecker

The Greater Spotted Woodpecker is one of two Woodpecker species that we have here at Wellington. The other being the Green Woodpecker. The Greater Spotted Woodpecker can be seen and often heard drumming from the trees as it looks for food in dead branches and also in Springtime can use the drumming to call a mate and establish territory. The Woodpecker nests in holes in trees that it is able to hollow out. It feeds on grubs, bugs and insects and also will take young birds from nests if it gets a chance. It is a fairly common visitor to garden bird feeders on-site as well.

Goldcrest

goldcrest The Goldcrest is surprisingly common at Wellington but rather difficult to spot. Britain’s joint smallest bird, along with the Firecrest, it nests in the

Greylag Goose

A very distinctive bird with its pinkish-orange bill and pink legs, the Greylag Goose is a new visitor to Swan Lake, making its first appearance in the Spring of 2021.

Latest Updates

Great Spotted Woodpecker

The Greater Spotted Woodpecker is one of two Woodpecker species that we have here at Wellington. The other being the Green Woodpecker. The Greater Spotted Woodpecker can be seen and often heard drumming from the trees as it looks for food in dead branches and also in Springtime can use the drumming to call a mate and establish territory. The Woodpecker nests in holes in trees that it is able to hollow out. It feeds on grubs, bugs and insects and also will take young birds from nests if it gets a chance. It is a fairly common visitor to garden bird feeders on-site as well.

Goldcrest

goldcrest The Goldcrest is surprisingly common at Wellington but rather difficult to spot. Britain’s joint smallest bird, along with the Firecrest, it nests in the

Greylag Goose

A very distinctive bird with its pinkish-orange bill and pink legs, the Greylag Goose is a new visitor to Swan Lake, making its first appearance in the Spring of 2021.

Wren

The Wren, one of Britain’s smallest birds, is a resident here at Wellington College. It is more likely to be heard than seen and its tic-tic-tic and strrrrrrr call indicate that they are around.

Upcoming Events

Event

Introduction to Welly Wildlife

Mark Dodd, Head of Gardens and Countryside, and Kat Dahl, teacher and conservationist, will give an illustrated talk about the College’s wonderful wildlife and its conservation.

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Walking Tour

Wellington College Head of Gardens and Countryside, Mark Dodd, will take us on a tour of the College gardens and share fascinating insights, including some of the delights and challenges of looking after this 440 acre site.

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Neil Hulme – Rewilding

Neil Hulme has been Conservation Officer for Sussex Butterfly Conservation for over twelve years, co-authoring the fabulous ‘Butterflies of Sussex: A Twenty-First Century Atlas’ (2017).

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