Moths

Moths at Welly

While there are about 60 species of butterfly in Britain, there are about 800 species of ‘macro’ (generally butterfly-sized) moth and over 1000 species of ‘micro’ moth. Moths are important pollinators and a vital part of many food-webs. Contrary to popular belief, only two of these species eat wool, many of them are very colourful and some fly during the day.

Here at Welly, we have so far recorded approximately 140 of the 800 species of ‘macro’ moth just since March. We use Robinson and Heath traps to survey our moths and upload the records to Butterfly Conservation’s National Moth Recording Scheme. There is still so much to learn about moths and their ecology and we are pleased to be able to contribute to that knowledge.

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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.