The daffodils might be poking their heads up and March is just around the corner but the past couple of weeks finally saw the arrival of winter, with snow falling at Newport Wetlands on Saturday and the scrape, lagoons and reens frozen solid.
The lagoons have been eerily quiet, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t wildlife to see. We were treated to a fly past of the Visitor Centre by a female hen harrier again yesterday and bearded tits have been seen throughout the reserve.
Marsh harrier, little owl, kestrel, stonechat, bullfinch, water rail, Cetti’s warbler and water pipit are all recent sightings, as well as kingfisher and dozens of reed buntings and waders such as dunlin, knot, curlew and redshank have been putting in regular appearances.
But the star of the Newport Wetlands show at the moment is a fox often see around the environs, who seems to be quite happy to have its picture taken and has put a smile on many a visitor’s face.
Don’t forget to check out our events listed here, as there’s plenty going on for half term next week, including arts and crafts, a children’s guided walk and nest box building.