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  • Blog Post: Raven and misbehavin’ with those crazy corvids

    Raven and misbehavin’ with those crazy corvids The birds that stood out for me this past couple of weeks were a family of birds that sometimes create a love hate relationship with people. In the UK they are known commonly as the crow family but technically speaking they are known as the corvid...
  • Blog Post: Smitten with the Bittern and colourful waders

    Smitten with the Bittern and colourful waders This week I am asking for your help on a few topics. The first is related to wildlife sightings at Newport Wetlands. Lately we have received some sightings of bittern on the reserve which is great news. However, what would really help us is a photo of...
  • Blog Post: Short-eared owls

    There have been some great sightings of birds of prey over the past view weeks, with the kestrel and marsh harrier often seen over the scrape, offering a great display to enjoy whilst having coffee and cake in the warm and cosy cafe! Another frequent sighting recently has been the short-eared owl, which...
  • Blog Post: Pirates Ahoy!

    It’s been a busy few weeks with the starlings providing some spectacular displays during November, but numbers have dwindled rapidly over the past few weeks, possibly due to the terrible weather. Despite flocks of up to 60,000 birds here at the wetlands it was shocking to discover that since 1969...
  • Blog Post: Sniping on the scrape

    It’s been a very exciting week! A pair of Snipe has been seen on a daily basis wandering around the scrape. This is a surprising sight, given that it’s such a secretive species. Let’s hope they turn out to be a breeding pair that will set up home here. Some interesting facts about...
  • Blog Post: Magical Merlins

    This week has been full of surprises as we’ve been enjoying some balmy weather as well as some unexpected but very welcome visitors! Going on an autumn ramble this week revealed a feast of great sightings, starting on the ‘wetlands experience’ footpath that runs towards the power station...
  • Blog Post: All barred one

    All barred one The end of summer and beginning of autumn sees the bird life at the reserve start to wind down after a lot of hard graft raising little ones and the crisp mornings give rise to a few peaceful stonechats and the occasional reed bunting on the feeders. But just when you think everything...
  • Blog Post: What's with the weather?

    We seem to have gone through a range of seasons this morning. The mallards on the scrape started the day huddled up against a chill autumn nip in the air. They then endured a good soaking from a series of monsoon like showers and now to add to the confusion they are basking in some unexpected balmy summer...
  • Blog Post: Little and Large

    We’ve had some great sightings this week, both little and large! As part of National Moth Night we held a bat and moth event here at Newport Wetlands on 11 Sept, and a moth ID session the following morning. One of the most common moths we found was the Large yellow underwing, which has been recorded...
  • Blog Post: Kingfisher Quandry

    Thanks for all the wonderful pictures on our forum over the last week of the young kingfisher showing near the hide. Apparently it is in a bit of a quandary at the moment as it has been very successful at catching fish, but not so successful at eating them! It has obviously found a good spot for hunting...
  • Blog Post: Moths and Magpies

    We always get asked an amazing array of questions working here at Newport Wetlands, and last week I had a good one from a budding entomologist at our minibeast event. She asked “What’s the difference between a moth and a butterfly,” as we were busy observing an abundance of cinnabar...
  • Blog Post: Out On The Scrape

    It’s common to hear at this time of year that ‘not much is going on out there.’ However, after having spent 24 hours here for the Big Wild Sleepout I can guarantee that this is not true at all. It might be that many garden birds are having some welcome catch up time after a busy breeding...
  • Blog Post: Wow - What A Night!

    Wow, what an amazing night it was at Newport Wetlands on our Big Wild Sleepout last night! We started off by doing some pond dipping - the first thing we caught was a great specimen of a water scorpion. Many sticklebacks later the sun was starting to set, we'd had our dinner and were ready for the...
  • Blog Post: Shooting Stars!

    The night skies are never still, and several time a year they are illuminated by meteor showers. During the Big Wild Sleep Out, we might be lucky enough to see part of the Perseid meteor shower. Usk, Heads of the Valleys and Abergavenny Astronomical Society will be bringing their telescopes to help us...
  • Blog Post: Window Shopping

    Window shopping As you walk through the visitor centre you may take one of many options, chat to one of our lovely members of staff, walk straight through to the reserve, browse through the shop and take advantage of our many sale items or walk through to the coffee shop. If you take the latter, look...
  • Blog Post: Where have all the men gone?

    Where have all the men gone? You may have wondered where all the men have gone? Of the duck variety that is of course! After the mating season ducks moult their flight feathers all in one go, leaving them vulnerable to predation for about a month. To mitigate this, the males lose all their brightest...
  • Blog Post: Things with wings and others with tails and scales

    Things with wings and others with tails and scales The past week has shown a lot of competition for the limelight from the animals that we sometimes place in the “Other” column. So I think its time they got more recognition in this blog. As you can see from the sightings list below there...
  • Blog Post: The Curious Case of the Caddisfly

    Pond dipping season is in full swing, and never fails to amaze us with the variety and ingenuity of the myriad life forms found in the reens and ponds of the wetlands. A clear favourite has to be the Cased Caddisfly, which demonstrates the craftsmanship and engineering skills of the natural world. ...
  • Blog Post: Brief Encounters of The Bird Kind

    It has been an exciting week this week with some unusual sightings and hearings! The Red-necked phalarope was sighted late last week – you may have seen it featured on Springwatch earlier in the current series. These small, delicate waders are adapted well to spending a lot of time on water. Unlike...
  • Blog Post: Let's go fly a kite

    Let’s go fly a kite Or not as the case may be at Newport Wetlands due to the high powered electricity cables that criss cross above the reserve. I’m talking of course about the feathered variety of kite known as the Red kite. One was seen on Wednesday 10 th and although Wales has the...
  • Blog Post: Juvenile or immature, formative, first-basic or first-cycle?

    Juvenile or immature, formative, first-basic or first-cycle? I sometimes think it is best to clear things up before we start and this week’s clearing up act involves the topic of one of our non frequent feathered friend visitors, the Osprey. First of all, wouldn't it be fantastic if Ospreys...
  • Blog Post: Dragon Orchids

    No, Dragon orchid is not the name of an orchid at Newport Wetlands but a word mixture of Dragonfly and Orchid. Do you like what I’ve done there? The reason for this cleverly worked title is that there have been a number of Dragonfly and Damselfly sightings in the past week. Our birds and butterflies...
  • Blog Post: A “better late than never” Dawn Chorus summary

    A “better late than never” Dawn Chorus summary I admit that the last blog was not up to the normal amusing and entertaining standard, with a lack of wonderful imagery and wordsmithery. But don’t leave just yet, because this edition promises to at least be better than the last! ...
  • Blog Post: Not much in the way of change but exciting times ahead

    Not much has changed In terms of migrating birds anyway. Since the timeline of warbler arrivals in a previous blog, things have slowed down in the way of bird arrivals. There are still increasing numbers of Swallows and martins, Sand martins numbers in particular increased this week and if you look...
  • Blog Post: Corrections and clarifications on the Gropper

    Corrections and clarifications First of all I want to clear something up related to the main topic of this blog. The Grasshopper warbler is always a welcome visitor to Newport Wetlands during the summer but recently, I have been using the wrong descriptive word in some tweets. I had been using the...