Beetles

Beetles at Welly

Beetles are one of the largest orders of insects in Britain, with around four thousand species. They can be found in a huge range of habitats, including underwater. While some are sadly considered pests, many are widely acknowledged as beneficial, such as the aphid-eating ladybirds and the detritivores disposing of rotting vegetation or dung. Here at Welly, we have several species, including Britain’s largest beetle, the Stag Beetle. Sadly, this scarce beetle is threatened by loss of habitat and excessive ‘tidying’ of woodland areas and gardens, removing the decaying wood on which their larvae feed. The Gardens and Countryside team, and also the golf course Greens team leave piles of logs in woodland areas for species such as these.

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Great Spotted Woodpecker

The Great Spotted Woodpecker is one of two woodpecker species that we have here at Wellington, the other being the Green Woodpecker.

Goldcrest

The Goldcrest is surprisingly common at Wellington but rather difficult to spot.

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 Great Spotted Woodpecker is one of two woodpecker species that we have here at Wellington, the other being the Green Woodpecker.

Goldcrest

The Goldcrest is surprisingly common at Wellington but rather difficult to spot.

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.