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  • 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: 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Which Warblers are at the Wetlands?

    What Warblers are at the Wetlands? Hello. Long time no see! What can I say? I’ve been busy. I’ve just got time in between Half Terms and Bank Holidays to bring you up to date with the Spring happenings at Newport Wetlands, it will be brief but here we go... Swallows, House martins...
  • Blog Post: Sightings, Solar Eclipse, and Keeping Wales Tidy

    It’s been a busy week here at Newport Wetlands with Chiffchaff and Cetti’s warblers starting to sing, Marsh and Hen harriers swooping over the reedbeds, and a few fly-by visits from a Great white egret . It’s not just the birds that have been busy though! If you were visiting on...
  • Blog Post: I'm a Bit(tern) excited!

    On Saturday morning I arrived at the reserve with volunteer Jess at 8am in order to get a quick bit of birding in before we opened the Visitor Centre for the day. Aren’t we keen! It was a lovely morning for it, and we managed to get great views of two Marsh harriers. The target species was Bearded...
  • Blog Post: An Avocet Arrival

    An Avocet Arrival Our Bring on Spring board seems to have worked! Yay! Our winter tree has transformed into a spring tree thanks to our young visitors’ effort and enthusiasm towards nature over half term and beyond. The tree is now covered in leaves with messages of support for nature and nature...
  • Blog Post: The Biking Birder

    Tomorrow we will be expecting a very special visit from an avid cyclist and fundraiser. Gary Prescott (aka The Biking Birder ) is undertaking the challenge of visiting every RSPB and WWT reserve in the UK during the 2015 calendar year, and hoping to raise money for four charities, including the RSPB...
  • Blog Post: Ducks at Dawn, and Hawks at Dusk.

    Hello! We’re back with recent sightings after a short break due to the half term holiday. There were plenty of families enjoying the nature reserve over the last week, and it seemed that the muddier the children were, the more fun they had! One of the half term activities was to help us turn our...
  • Blog Post: Gosh it's a hawk!

    Gosh it’s a hawk! The development of the scrape outside the Visitor Centre since October 2014 has been somewhat of a proud talking point for staff at Newport Wetlands over the past couple of months. Signs of success can be measured by nature itself and the birdlife is our current indicator of...
  • Blog Post: World Wetlands Day

    On Monday 2 nd February we celebrated World Wetlands Day which marks the anniversary of the signing of the Ramsar Convention . This is an international treaty that was signed in 1971 for the conservation and recognition of the importance and value of wetlands habitats. Here at Newport Wetlands National...
  • Blog Post: Big Garden Birdwatch Weekend

    Big Garden Birdwatch Weekend If the build up week to the Big Garden Birdwatch weekend didn’t produce the goods, we had hope that the the bird identification sessions, birdwatching walks and not to mention the bird ringing demonstrations would turn up trumps over the weekend. Well, the build...
  • Blog Post: Hello, Harriers!

    It’s been a busy few weeks here at the Wetlands recently, and we’ve been a bit behind on getting the weekly sightings up so apologies for that! To make up for it, here’s a nice long blog with lots of interesting sightings from the past week or so. I’ve even included a couple of...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to a new year of nature

    Hello, Happy New Year and welcome to a look back at the year 2014. The lists below give details of all species seen at Newport Wetlands across the twelve months. With 150 species of bird and a wealth of butterflies and dragonflies as well as mammals, reptiles and amphibians it has been an exciting...
  • Blog Post: Mind the Robins

    Mind the Robins It is the festive period so Season’s Greetings to you all and what better way to open this blog than with a story of one our favourite festive birds, the robin. The cultural significance of birds can shift over time. Today, for example, we tend to associate robins with Christmas...
  • Blog Post: A Gift Idea With Christmas Cheer!

    It’s a slightly different blog this week; however the aim is to try and help you find the perfect pair of binoculars or telescope to search for the birds and wildlife that we talk about in this blog every week. Don’t worry though, the sightings list is still at the bottom of the blog as usual...
  • Blog Post: Starling murmuration madness

    Starling murmuration madness November has gone and what a fantastic month for starlings! If you’ve not had chance to marvel at one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world, time is running out so stop what you are doing and come to Newport Wetlands, at about 3:30pm of course. Last...