Wildlife : Insects, Butterflies


A standardised butterfly transect was walked once a week from April to September in 2014-6. This covered the Westgate Gardens, Toddler’s Cove, Tannery Field and Bingley Island. 16 species have been recorded to date, with more likely to be listed in the future. The limited area of semi-natural habitat inevitably restricts the number of species likely to occur here.


  • Small skipper : Rare
  • Brimstone : Rare
  • Large white : Frequent
  • Small white : Common
  • Orange tip : Scarce
  • Small copper : Rare
  • Common blue : Scarce
  • Holly blue : Rare
  • Red admiral : Occasional
  • Painted lady : Rare
  • Small tortoiseshell : Frequent
  • Peacock : Occasional
  • Comma : Occasional
  • Speckled wood : Occasional
  • Gatekeeper : Scarce
  • Meadow brown : Frequent

Education programs

Available related education programs include river and bat walks, archaeological digs, and forest school activities for children and adults.

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Canterbury Festival

This year's Canterbury Festival runs from Saturday 16th to Saturday 30th October 2021. There's walks, talks, art, performance, music & much more.

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Help the Westgate Friends

We urgently need new volunteers to help maintain the physic garden, assist with collecting litter and also need new trustees – and funds to keep up our activities.

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