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  • Blog Post: SALE up to 50% off starts today

    Up to 50% off many lines including all Christmas cards, Christmas decorations, Christmas crackers and calendars as well as plenty of gift ideas, starts today Wednesday 12th December.
  • Blog Post: Showstopper!

    Yes, it’s true! Britain’s rarest woodpecker has taken up residence at Newport Wetlands – temporarily at least. The wryneck is the rarest of Britain’s four species of woodpecker, the others being great spotted woodpecker, lesser spotted woodpecker and green woodpecker. Usually...
  • Blog Post: Ice-land

    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...
  • Blog Post: Happy New Year!

    Happy New Year everyone! We hope you had a fantastic holiday – we certainly did with lots of wildlife to see around the reserve. Plenty of our regular birds have been seen including long tailed tits , little owl , redwing , fieldfare , reed bunting , gadwall , teal and wigeon and Perry Lane...
  • Blog Post: Godwits galore

    It might be a depressing thought, but autumn is already underway for some of our migrants. Waders such as black-tailed godwits and bar-tailed godwits have been seen in large numbers at Newport Wetlands over the last few days as the stop off on their migration south to Africa from their northern breeding...
  • Blog Post: Weekly sightings and Starlings update

    Hi all, here’s the list of sightings from last week (26 th November to 2 nd December): Main trails birds: Bearded tit, Blackbird, Blue tit, Buzzard, Cetti's warbler, Chaffinch, Coal tit, Coot, Curlew, Fieldfare, Gadwall, Goldcrest, Goldfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great tit, Green woodpecker...
  • Blog Post: Water Rail, Wheatear and Much More

    The children are back at school and the leaves are already turning - autumn is definately here. But while our children's play park here at Newport Wetlands might be a little quieter now the holidays are over, there's still plenty of life amongst our reedbeds and out on the water. Despite...
  • Blog Post: Wigeon whistling!

    Many of you may already know at this time of year Newport Wetlands gets very good numbers of waders and ducks that migrate here for the winter, but hopefully there may also be some information that you didn’t know: The name Lapwing is thought to have come from an old English word ‘hleapewince’...
  • Blog Post: Autumn Migrations

    Despite being in the last throws of Summer the Autumn migration appears to be in full flow with some very unusual sightings here at Newport Wetlands. The bearded tits have been seen quite regularly over the last couple of weeks particularly when the wind drops, they seem to have had a very successful...
  • Blog Post: Winter is on its way

    Winter is well on its way here at Newport Wetlands with frosty mornings, darker evenings and of course plenty of our wintering birds starting to arrive. Recent weeks have seen a large increase in the number of waders and ducks such as dunlin, teal and gadwall, and our over-wintering wildfowl have...
  • Blog Post: Grebe release

    What an exciting day we’ve had here at Newport Wetlands! Although it has been fairly quiet here due to the miserable weather we had a very interesting visitor in the form of Mike from City Wildlife Care, who kindly came in to explain why he was here. For those of you who don’t know, City...
  • Blog Post: A rare treat

    It’s all been happening here at Newport Wetlands over the last few days with not one but THREE sightings of the ever elusive bittern. And as if that wasn’t enough, there have also been two sightings of the rare Dartford warbler. The copse on the eastern side of the reedbeds has proved...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings 10th to 23rd June

    Here’s the recent sightings from the past 2 weeks: Bearded tit, Black tailed godwit, Blackbird, Blackcap, Blue tit, Bullfinch, Buzzard, Carrion crow, Cetti's warbler, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Common gull, Coot, Cormorant, Cuckoo, Curlew, Dunnock, Gadwall, Garden warbler, Goldfinch, Great crested...
  • Blog Post: Weekly sightings 03/06-09/06, with added moth photo!

    Hi all, here’s the recent sightings from last week, 3 rd to 9 th June. Bearded tit, Blackbird, Blackcap, Buzzard, Carrion crow, Cetti's warbler, Chiffchaff , Coot, Cormorant, Cuckoo, Goldcrest, Goldfinch, Great crested grebe, Great spotted woodpecker, Great tit, Greenfinch, Greenshank, Grey...
  • Blog Post: Watch Countryfile this Sunday!

    I'm sure all of you are avid watchers of BBC Countryfile already, but for the one or two of you who perhaps haven't watched it in the past, here's a reason to do so! On this Sunday's episode, Dr Sean Christian, RSPB Cymru Head of Conservation, will be discussing the RSPB's position...
  • Blog Post: Barmy about barn owls

    If you catch a glimpse of a ghostly white shape moving slowly over the reens and grassland near the RSPB’s Newport Wetlands Visitor Centre late in the afternoon, the chances are you’ve been lucky enough to spot a barn owl . With its heart-shaped face, honey coloured back and wings, and...
  • Blog Post: Harrier spectacular

    Marsh harrier swooping back and forth across the environs and a common whitethroat feeding just inches from the Visitor Centre window are just two highlights from today alone! And a couple of recent sightings of grasshopper warbler – now of Springwatch fame at the RSPB Ynys-hir reserve –...
  • Blog Post: An appeal to all our visitors

    There have been some fantastic photos posted up on the Newport Wetlands forum, and some others just as great that we have been lucky enough to have been shown in the visitor centre. Myself and Lisa are putting out an appeal to see if any of you would be happy to submit photos to us that you have taken...
  • Blog Post: Newport Wetlands now has wrens on the menu!

    We’re used to seeing birds outside the cafe window at Newport Wetlands, but this little wren had somehow managed to get trapped inside the visitor centre and was sitting in the corner of the shop. When it was first sighted, ironically, it was in the fake tree where the ever popular signing birds...
  • Blog Post: Starlings ahoy!

    So it’s that time of year again, when we’re able to enjoy one of Britain’s most beautiful natural spectacles. Starlings can be seen in the UK all year round, often in noisy groups bullying the smaller birds away from your garden feeders. But during autumn and winter their numbers...
  • Blog Post: News update - Busy Times!

    Busy times here at the wetlands! There seems to be new life appearing everywhere, which is great! More on that later, but firstly here is a news update. Birds of note over the last couple of weeks include a female/imm type Marsh Harrier that has been seen regularly quartering the reed beds towards the...
  • Blog Post: Bird bonanza

    It’s been a bit of a bonanza of bird sightings here at Newport Wetlands over the past couple of weeks. From great sightings of rare migrants passing through to the first sightings of our summer visitors arriving, the long holiday has provided a great opportunity to get out and enjoy what nature...
  • Blog Post: 2 weeks of recent sightings - including Woodchat shrike!

    Hi everyone, here’s a long overdue update on the recent sightings here at Newport Wetlands (20/05 to 02/06). We’ve been very busy with half term activities, plus we’ve had internet connectivity issues again so haven’t been able to post anything for a while! I can see there have...
  • Blog Post: Migrants and marvels

    If you’ve been lucky enough to get out and about recently no doubt you’ll have heard birdsong almost everywhere you turn. The mating season is now well and truly underway and as we say ‘goodbye’ to our winter migrants, Britain’s summer visitors are reaching our shores...
  • Blog Post: Weekly sightings 29/04 to 05/05/13

    Here's the weekly sightings: Avocet, Bar tailed godwit, Bearded tit, Black tailed godwit, Blackcap, Blue tit, Bullfinch, Buzzard, Canada goose, Cetti's warbler, Chiffchaff, Common sandpiper, Coot, Cormorant, Cuckoo, Curlew, Dunlin, Dunnock, Gadwall, Goldfinch, Goosander , Grasshopper warbler...