Newport Wetlands

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  • Fledglings, flight and faraway lands

    After the success of the summer another year’s fledglings are ready to stretch their wings and take their first flights around the reserve, and thanks to an exciting partnership between the RSPB and Aldi your fledglings can spread their wings too, gliding around Newport Wetlands on a FREE staff-led school visit.

    Like our fledglings your little ones may be ready to flutter and flap around the reserve on a seasonal sensory scavenger hunt: matching and mark-making, counting and creating, looking and listening, sorting and smelling, or tallying and telling. Or perhaps, they would prefer to probe the pond, marvel at the minibeasts, ponder over plants, or be baffled by our brilliant birds.

    Maybe, you have a fully-fledged clutch eager to roam a bit further, keen to discover who shares their environment. They may wish to hover for a while, as they compare and contrast habitats and learn about predators and prey. They can hunt for herbivores, classify carnivores, order omnivores or delve for detritivores, in the pond or the woodland.

    As some of our birds prepare to migrate for the winter allow your flock to strengthen their flight muscles - investigating and indentifying, predicting and planning, discovering and developing, as they admire the amazing adaptations and life cycles of the extraordinary plants and creatures that share our reserve. Then, watch as they too get ready to soar off to faraway lands.....or high school!

    To take advantage of this fantastic offer and give your class wings to fly with our fun, hands-on, curriculum linked activities, all you need to do is get in touch with us to book a date for your visit.

    As this free offer is available to all schools we recommend you swoop in as quickly as possible in order to secure your place!

     

    Recent bird sightings 26/08/16 to 1/09/16

    Avocet, Bearded reedling, Blackbird, Black-tailed godwit, Blue tit, Bullfinch, Buzzard, Cetti's warbler,  Chiffchaff,  Coot, Curlew sandpiper, Curlew,  Dunlin, Dunnock,  Gadwall, Goldfinch, Great spotted woodpecker,  Great tit, Green woodpecker,  Greenfinch, Grey heron, House martin, House sparrow,  Jay, Kestrel, Kingfisher,  Little egret,  Little grebe, Long-tailed tit,  Magpie  Mallard,  Marsh harrier, Moorhen,  Mute swan, Oystercatcher, Pheasant,  Pochard,  Reed bunting,  Reed warbler, Robin, Sedge warbler, Shelduck,  Shoveler,  Sparrowhawk, Swallow,  Teal, Tufted duck,  Water rail, Wheatear, Wigeon, Willow warbler, Wren and  Yellow wagtail.

    Other species:

    Emperor Dragonfly, Peacock Butterfly, Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly, Rudd, Dragonfly and Common Darter.

     

    Recent bird sightings 19/08/16 to 25/08/16

    Avocet, Blackbird, Black-tailed godwit,  Blue tit, Buzzard, Cetti's warbler,  Chiffchaff,  Coot,  Curlew, Dunlin, Dunnock, Gadwall,  Goldfinch,  Great tit,  Green woodpecker, Greenfinch,  Grey heron,  House martin, House sparrow, Jay, Kestrel, Kingfisher,  Little egret,  Little grebe, Long-tailed tit,  Magpie,  Mallard,  Moorhen, Mute swan, Pheasant, Reed bunting, Reed warbler, Robin, Sedge warbler, Shelduck, Shoveler,  Swallow, Teal, Water rail,  Willow warbler and Wren.

    Other species:

    Hawkmoth Caterpillar, Cinnabar Moth Caterpillar, Rabbit, Gate Keeper, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood Butterfly, Southern Hawker dragonfly and Small White butterfly.

     

    Recent bird sightings 12/08/16 to 18/08/16

    Avocet, Blackbird, Black-tailed godwit, Blue tit, Cetti's warbler,  Chiffchaff,  Coot,  Curlew,  Dunlin, Gadwall,   Goldfinch,  Great tit,  Green woodpecker, Greenfinch,  Grey heron,  House martin, House sparrow,  Kestrel,  Little egret,  Little grebe,  Long-tailed tit,  Magpie,  Mallard, Moorhen, Mute swan,  Pheasant,  Reed bunting, Reed warbler, Robin,  Sedge warbler,  Shelduck,  Swallow,  Teal,  Water rail,  Willow warbler and  Wren.

    Other species:

    Vole, Rudd, Painted Lady, Speckled Wood, Gate Keeper, Peacock, Emperor, Red Admiral, Rabbit, Large White, Cabbage White and Common blue damselfly.

     

     Recent bird sightings 5/08 to 11/08

    Avocet, Bearded reedling, Blackbird, Black-tailed godwit, Blue tit, Bullfinch, Cetti's warbler,  Coot, Curlew,  Dunlin, Dunnock, Gadwall,   Goldfinch,  Great spotted woodpecker,  Great tit, Green woodpecker,  Greenfinch, Grey heron, House martin,  House sparrow, Kestrel,  Little egret, Little grebe, Magpie,  Mallard,  Moorhen,  Mute swan, Pheasant,  Reed bunting,  Reed warbler,  Robin,  Sedge warbler,  Shelduck,  Swallow,  Teal, Tufted duck, Water rail, Willow warbler and Wren.

    Other species:

    Emperor dragonfly, Common darter, Gatekeeper, Common blue, Holly blue, Brimstone, Comma, Red admiral, Peacock, Speckled wood, Meadow brown, Large white, Green veined white, Weasel, Common blue damselfly, Painted lady, Small white and Cinnabar moth.

    Please note that we take our recent sightings list from the visitor sightings board that anyone can contribute to. This is great as everyone can get involved, but obviously can lead to potential errors too as they aren’t always verified! We try to keep this list as accurate as possible but if you see something unusual feel free to comment here!

     

  • Moths and Moults

    The last few weeks at the reserve have been a time for change, as fledglings find their feet – or should that be wings… and many adults start their seasonal moult following the breeding season.  This is why it might seem a bit quiet, as birds are more vulnerable during the moulting period, which can last up to 5 weeks for small garden birds.  Male ducks are left completely flightless during their moult so they lose their bright plumage first to be less conspicuous, and can be easily mistaken for females.  However, they should be back to their full glory by October.  So whilst the birds tuck themselves away to recharge their batteries and feathers in preparation for winter we have been on the lookout for other wildlife that is more active over the summer months.

    Our Big Wild Sleepout gave a group of intrepid explorers the opportunity to see what was out and about after dark.  Armed with bat detectors it didn’t take long to find out what when on in the playground out of hours.  There was a surprising amount of activity at dusk in this area and down Perry Lane from Common pipistrelles feasting on mayflies, lacewings, small moths, midges, caddis flies and mosquitoes.  As we set off onto the main reserve we also recorded Soprano pipistrelles, Whiskered bats and Noctules.

    However, the biggest surprise unfolded the following morning when our moth expert Kevin Hewitt opened up the moth trap.  He was amazed to find over 85 species, as listed below.  Amongst them were some rarer species such as the Double Kidney and the Twin-spotted wainscot, which is a wetland specialist.  There was also an unexpected number of Pale prominents (28) and an unusually high variation of colourful moths in the same trap - i.e. Gold spot,  Burnished brass, Rosy footman and Black arches.  My favourite was definitely the Buff-tip (Phalera bucephala) which resembles a broken twig, and is a reminder of how amazing the natural world really is!

    Moth recordings  30/07/16

    Macro Moths

     

     

     

     

    Swallow-tailed Moth

    1

    Adult

    Ourapteryx sambucaria

    Buff-tip

    4

    Adult

    Phalera bucephala

    Garden Tiger

    6

    Adult

    Arctia caja

     

    Pebble Hook-tip

    4

    Adult

    Drepana falcataria

    Blood-vein

    2

    Adult

    Timandra comae

    Clouded Border

    4

    Adult

    Lomaspilis marginata

    Grey/Dark Dagger Agg.

    2

    Adult

     

     

    Small Phoenix

    2

    Adult

    Ecliptopera silaceata

    Common Carpet

    4

    Adult

    Epirrhoe alternata

    Garden Carpet

    2

    Adult

    Xanthorhoe fluctuata

    Drinker

    9

    Adult

    Euthrix potatoria

    Swallow Prominet

    3

    Adult

    Pheosia tremula

    Lesser Swallow Prominent

    1

    Adult

    Pheosia gnoma

    Snout

    3

    Adult

    Hypena proboscidalis

    Pebble Prominent

    3

    Adult

    Notodonta ziczac

    Flame Carpet

    1

    Adult

    Xanthorhoe designata

    Silver Y

    3

    Adult

    Autographa gamma

    Sallow Kitten

    3

    Adult

    Furcula furcula

    Knot Grass

    2

    Adult

    Acronicta rumicis

    Iron Prominent

    1

    Adult

    Notodonta dromedarius

    Poplar Hawk-moth

    2

    Adult

    Laothoe populi

    Common Rustic Agg.

    18

    Adult

     

     

    Common Wainscot

    4

    Adult

    Mythimna pallens

    Smoky Wainscot

    21

    Adult

    Mythimna impura

    Heart and Dart

    3

    Adult

    Agrotis exclamationis

    Large Yellow Underwing

    5

    Adult

    Noctua pronuba

    Riband Wave

    8

    Adult

    Idaea aversata

    Rustic/Uncertain Agg.

    6

    Adult

     

     

    Flame Shoulder

    10

    Adult

    Ochropleura plecta

    Dark Arches

    8

    Adult

    Apamea monoglypha

    Early Thorn

    1

    Adult

    Selenia dentaria

    Dingy Footman

    7

    Adult

    Eilena griseola

    Buff Ermine

    1

    Adult

    Spilosoma lutea

    Marbled Minor Agg.

    3

    Adult

     

     

    Straw Dot

    4

    Adult

    Rivula sericealis

    Willow Beauty

    2

    Adult

    Peribatodes rhomboidaria

    Clay

    1

    Adult

    Mythimna ferrago

    Shuttle-shaped Dart

    3

    Adult

    Agrotis puta

    Common Wave

    5

    Adult

    Cabera exanthemata

    Common White Wave

    2

    Adult

    Cabera pusaria

    Bright-line Brown-eye

    2

    Adult

    Lacanobia oleracea

    Fan-foot

    1

    Adult

    Herminia tarsipennalis

    Pale Mottled Willow

    1

    Adult

    Caradrina clavipalpis

    Spectacle

    1

    Adult

    Abrostola tripartita

    Nut-tree Tussock

    1

    Adult

    Colocasia coryli

    Rosy Footman

    4

    Adult

    Miltochrista miniata

    Twin-spotted Wainscot

    2

    Adult

    Archanara geminipuncta

    Limespec Pug

    1

    Adult

    Eupithecia centaureata

    Magpie Moth

    1

    Adult

    Abraxas grossulariata

    Lackey

    24

    Adult

    Malacosoma neustria

    Rivulet

    1

    Adult

    Perizoma affinitata

    Common Footman

    8

    Adult

    Eilena lurideola

    Ghost Moth

    1

    Adult

    Hepialus humuli

    Canary-shouldered Thorn

    1

    Adult

    Ennomos alniaria

    Dark Twin-barred Carpet

    1

    Adult

    Xanthorhoe ferrugata

    Black Arches

    4

    Adult

    Lymantria monacha

    Small fan-footed Wave

    3

    Adult

    Idaea biselata

    Small Wainscot

    2

    Adult

    Denticucullus pygmina

    Gold Spot

    3

    Adult

    Plusia festucae

    Shaded Broad-bar

    2

    Adult

    Scotopteryx chenopodiata

    Pale Prominent

    28

    Adult

    Pterostoma palpina

    Yellow-tail

    1

    Adult

    Euproctis similis

    Dark Sword-grass

    1

    Adult

    Agrotis ipsilon

    Double Kidney

    2

    Adult

    Ipimorpha retusa

    Burnished Brass

    3

    Adult

    Diachrysia chrysitis

    Southern Wainscot

    3

    Adult

    Mythimna straminea

    Ruby Tiger

    8

    Adult

    Phragmatobia fuliginosa

    Herald

    4

    Adult

    Scoliopteryx libatrix

    Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

    15

    Adult

    Noctua janthe

    Copper Underwing Agg.

    1

    Adult

     

     

    Bulrush Wainscot

    2

    Adult

    Nonagria typhae

     

    Micro Moths

     

     

    Agapeta hamana

    2

    Adult

    Celypha striana

    3

    Adult

    Aphomia sociella

    7

    Adult

    Pleuroptya ruralis

    3

    Adult

    Evergestis pallidata

    2

    Adult

    Clepsis spectrana

    3

    Adult

    Carcina quercana

    1

    Adult

    Ancylis badiana

    3

    Adult

    Cochylis roseana

    13

    Adult

    Agriphila geniculea

    2

    Adult

    Euzophora pingius

    2

    Adult

    Acrobasis suavella

    1

    Adult

    Chilo phragmitella

    1

    Adult

    Catoptria falsella

    2

    Adult

    Recent sightings from 28/07/2016 to 4/08/2016

    Blackbird,  Black-headed gull, Blue tit, Buzzard, Canada goose, Carrion crow, Cetti's warbler, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Coot, Cormorant, Curlew, Dunnock, Gadwall,  Goldcrest, Goldfinch, Great tit, Green woodpecker, Greenfinch, Greenshank,  Grey heron, House martin, House sparrow, Kestrel, Lapwing, Lesser whitethroat, Linnet, Little egret, Little grebe, Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen, Mute swan, Pied wagtail, Redshank, Reed bunting, Robin, Sedge warbler, Shelduck,  Shoveler, Swallow, Teal and Wren.

    Other species spotted around the Wetlands include:

    Common blue butterfly, Speckled wood butterfly, Gatekeeper butterfly,  Noctule bat, Whiskered bat, Soprano pipistrelle bat and Common pipistrelle bat.

    Recent sightings from 28/07/2016 to 04/08/2016

    Avocet, Blackbird, Black-headed gull, Black-tailed godwit,  Blue tit, Buzzard, Canada goose, Carrion crow, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Common sandpiper, Coot, Curlew sandpiper, Curlew, Dunlin, Dunnock, Gadwall,  Goldcrest, Goldfinch, Great tit, Greater black-backed gull,  Green woodpecker, Greenfinch, Greenshank,  Grey heron, Herring gull, House martin, House sparrow, Jackdaw,  Kestrel, Lapwing, Lesser black-backed gull, Lesser whitethroat, Linnet, Little egret, Little grebe, Little stint, Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen, Mute swan, Oystercatcher, Peregrine, Pheasant, Raven, Redshank, Reed bunting, Reed warbler, Robin, Ruff, Shelduck,  Song thrush, Sparrowhawk, Starling,  Stonechat, Swallow, Teal, Tufted duck, Turnstone, Whimbrel, Wigeon,  Woodpigeon, Wren and Yellow wagtail.

    Other species spotted around the Wetlands include:

    Red admiral butterfly, Blue tailed damselfly, Emperor dragonfly, Small white butterfly, Gatekeeper, Meadow brown, Painted lady butterfly, Soldier beetle,  Honey bee and Common blue butterfly.

    Recent sightings from 15/07/2016 to 21/07

    Bearded reedling, Blackbird, Blackcap, Black-headed gull, Blue tit, Bullfinch, Buzzard, Carrion crow, Cetti's warbler, Chiffchaff, Coot, Cormorant, Curlew, Dunnock, Gadwall,  Goldcrest, Goldfinch, Great spotted woodpecker,  Great tit, Greater black-backed gull,  Green woodpecker, Greenfinch, Grey heron, Herring gull, House martin, House sparrow, Kestrel, Kingfisher, Linnet, Little egret, Little grebe, Magpie, Mallard, Marsh harrier, Moorhen, Mute swan, Pheasant, Raven, Reed bunting, Reed warbler, Robin, Sedge warbler, Shelduck,  Song thrush, Stonechat, Swallow, Treecreeper, Woodpigeon and Wren.

    Other species spotted around the Wetlands include:

    Comma butterfly, Red admiral butterfly, Small white butterfly, Green veined white butterfly, Southern hawker dragonfly, Rabbit, Large white butterfly, Common blue butterfly, Gatekeeper, Peacock butterfly, Speckled wood butterfly, Blue tailed damselfly, Migrant hawker dragonfly, Emperor dragonfly and Broad bodied chaser dragonfly.

    Recent sightings from 08/07/2016 to 14/07

    Avocet, Bar-tailed godwit, Bearded reedling, Blackbird, Blackcap, Black-headed gull, Blue tit, Bullfinch, Buzzard, Canada goose, Carrion crow, Cetti's warbler, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Common sandpiper, Coot, Curlew sandpiper, Curlew, Dunlin, Dunnock, Gadwall,  Goldcrest, Goldfinch, Great crested grebe, Great spotted woodpecker,  Great tit, Greenfinch, Greenshank,  Grey heron, House martin, House sparrow, Kestrel, Kingfisher, Knot, Lapwing, Lesser whitethroat, Linnet, Little egret, Little grebe, Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen, Mute swan, Oystercatcher, Pied wagtail, Raven, Redshank, Reed bunting, Reed warbler, Ringed plover, Robin, Rook, Ruff, Sedge warbler, Shelduck,  Shoveler, Song thrush, Spotted redshank, Starling,  Swallow, Tufted duck,  Water rail, Whimbrel, Willow warbler, Woodpigeon and Wren.

    Other species spotted around the Wetlands include:

    Common darter, Small skipper, Grass snake, Peacock butterfly, Gatekeeper, Stoat, Black tailed skimmer, Scarlet tiger moth, Marbled white butterfly, Rabbit, Weasel, Large white butterfly, Speckled wood butterfly and Cinnabar moth caterpillar.

     

    Please note that we take our recent sightings list from the visitor sightings board that anyone can contribute to. This is great as everyone can get involved, but obviously can lead to potential errors too as they aren’t always verified! We try to keep this list as accurate as possible but if you see something unusual feel free to comment here!

     

     

     




  • Indispensable insects

    Summer is finally upon us, albeit a rather changeable and unpredictable one - and it’s a really busy time for wildlife on the reserve.  Most will have offspring to nurture, feed and protect.   The adults will be working overtime to keep up with the endless round of feeding and fending off predators.

    Flowering plants are at their best at this time of the year, which is just as well as they are so important for the emergence of the vast array of insect life. As you stroll around the reserve you will see good displays of comfrey, common vetch, birds-foot trefoil and St John’s wort snatching what sunshine they can between bouts of rain! These blooms attract pollinators which are a vital source of food for birds to feed their young. One out of every three mouthfuls of our food also depends on pollination taking place, so without insects we would soon have problems feeding ourselves. The RSPB is encouraging everyone through their ‘Giving Nature a Home’ campaign to provide the right conditions for insects close to home.

    Speaking of insects – one of the staff saw something strange lurking in the reserve this week. After research it appears we are home to a Platyrhinus resinosus – which translates from the latin for 'flat nose' – not a very flattering title!  'Flat nose' is a fungus weevil (aka the Cramp-ball fungus weevil or Oak fungus beetle ) from the family Anthribidae. The larvae develop inside the black fungus known as King Alfred's Cakes or Cramp Balls (Daldinia concentrica). When it’s running around oak trees it moves quickly and is hardly visible.  When spotted though it’s such an odd-looking creature that it can’t be mistaken for anything else. It is a scarce invertebrate with June and July being peak times to see the adult.

     

    Platyrhinus resinosus by Tara Okon

    It’s also a great time to spot butterflies and moths, and we have seen a flurry of scarlet tiger moths over the past couple of weeks. If you’d like to come along and spot some butterflies and day flying moths we will be running family events next weekend as part of the Big Butterfly Count 2016.

    Flutter by for a fabulous weekend of butterfly-filled fun

    A family event at RSPB Newport Wetlands on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 July

    10.30am to 12.00pm and 2.00pm to 3.30pm

    RSPB members: £3.00 per child

    Non members: £5.00 per child

    Drop-in event so no need to book

    For more information call: 01633 636363 or email: newport-wetlands@rspb.org.uk

     

    Thanks to Linda Joseph, our guest writer for the blog this week. 

    Recent sightings 17/06 to 23/06

    Bearded Reedling, Blackbird, Blackcap, Blue tit, Broad-billed sandpiper, Bullfinch, Buzzard, Carrion crow, Cetti's warbler, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Coot, Cormorant, Cuckoo, Curlew, Dunnock, Gadwall,  Goldfinch, Great crested grebe, Great spotted woodpecker, Great tit, Greenfinch, Grey heron, Herring gull, Hobby, House sparrow, Kestrel, Lesser black-backed gull, Lesser Whitethroat, Linnet, Little egret, Little grebe, Long-tailed tit, Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen, Mute swan, Oystercatcher, Pheasant, Pied wagtail, Redshank, Reed bunting, Reed warbler, Robin, Ruff, Sedge warbler, Shelduck,  Skylark, SongThrush, Sparrowhawk, Swallow, Tufted duck, Turnstone, Water rail, Willow warbler, Woodpigeon, Wren.

    Other species spotted around the Wetlands include:

    Moth caterpillar, Skipper, Scarlet Tiger Moth, Bee Orchid, Comma, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Latticed Heath Moth, Painted Lady, Speckled Wood, 5 spot Burnet Moth, 6 spot Burnet Moth.

    Recent sightings 24/06 to 30/06

    Avocet, Bearded Reedling, Blackbird, Blackcap, Black-headed gull, Blue tit, Bullfinch, Buzzard, Carrion crow, Cetti's warbler, Chiffchaff, Coot, Cormorant, Cuckoo, Curlew, Gadwall, Goldfinch, Grasshopper Warbler, Great crested grebe, Great spotted woodpecker,  Great tit, Green woodpecker, Greenfinch, Greenshank,  Grey heron, Herring gull, Hobby, House martin, House sparrow, Kestrel, Kingfisher, Lesser whitethroat, Linnet, Little egret, Little grebe, Long-tailed tit, Magpie, Mallard, Marsh harrier, Moorhen, Mute swan, Oystercatcher, Peregrine, Pheasant, Pochard, Redshank, Reed bunting, Reed warbler, Ruff, Sand martin, Sedge warbler, Shelduck,  Shoveler, Skylark, Song thrush, Sparrowhawk, Swallow, Tufted duck, Turnstone, Whinchat, Woodpigeon, Wren.

    Other species spotted around the Wetlands include:

    Moth caterpillar, Skipper, Scarlet Tiger Moth, Bee Orchid, Comma, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Southern Marsh Bee, Latticed Heath Moth, Painted Lady, Speckled Wood, 5-spot Burnet Moth, 6-spot Burnet Moth.

    Recent sightings 01/07 to 07/07

    Avocet, Blackbird, Blackcap, Black-headed gull, Blue tit, Bullfinch, Buzzard, Carrion crow, Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, Coot, Cormorant, Curlew, Gadwall, Goldfinch, Great crested grebe, Great tit, Green woodpecker, Greenfinch, Greenshank,  Grey heron, Herring gull, Hobby, House martin, House sparrow, Kestrel, Lapwing, Lesser whitethroat, Linnet, Little egret, Little grebe, Long-tailed tit, Magpie, Marsh harrier, Moorhen, Mute swan, Oystercatcher, Peregrine, Pheasant, Reed bunting, Reed warbler, Sand martin, Sedge warbler, Shelduck,  Shoveler, Starling,  Swallow, Tufted duck,  Whinchat, Woodpigeon, Wren.

    Other species spotted around the Wetlands include:

    Marsh Helleborine Orchid, Southern Marsh Orchid, Bee Orchid, Red Admiral butterfly, Black tailed Skimmer, Slug, Snail, Meadow Brown butterfly.