This bright and unmistakeable duck is often seen on the golf course. Whilst the male is particularly colourful, the female is, as is common with most duck species, a more subtle mottled brown with an attractive green patch over the eyes. The Mandarin Duck is not native to Britain and escaped from wildlife collections. It nests in holes in trees which it lines with feathers from its softer underbelly. When the ducklings emerge, their first experience of life is to jump out of the tree to the ground where the male will be waiting and calling them.
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.