A large proportion of Wellington’s estate consists of woodland. There are not many very mature trees here, because this area was originally heathland and bog before being drained to build the College. However, there is a large range of broad-leaved and coniferous species. Most native species can be found here, as well as some non-natives that were planted in Victorian times, such as the famous Wellingtonias.
These woodland areas are home to so much of the wonderful wildlife that lives at Wellington. The largest inhabitants are the Roe Deer, Muntjac and Red Foxes. Several species of bird nest here, from Buzzards and Tawny Owls to Goldcrests and Firecrests, our smallest native species. The Gardens and Countryside team leave piles of logs for detritivores, including the magnificent Stag Beetle, Britain’s largest beetle, which is sadly endangered. Several moth and butterfly species live here too, such as the Lime Hawk-moth and Purple Hairstreak.