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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: A Familiar Face and A Winter Visitor

    A familiar face has returned to the Newport Wetlands: the Little owl is once again being spotted regularly on his tree. Hooray! To get a good view, walk up the slope onto the reserve, then head left along the path until you reach the 3 rd bench on the left hand side. Look down the slope to the trees...
  • Blog Post: Birds of a feather flock together

    Birds of a feather flock together Last week we waited in hope for another surprise arrival of a rare bird like the penduline tit of last year, but alas it was not to be. However, who knows what is around the corner? Newport Wetlands is a perfect habitat for reed dwelling wildlife so we are more than...
  • Blog Post: This time last year...

    Just over a year ago we had a very special visitor to the reserve: the Penduline Tit . Spotted by Rob de Borde and identified by our very own Mathew Meehan, the stunning bird was present here by the visitor centre from 7 th to 9 th November 2013, and caused quite a stir! Although widespread throughout...
  • Blog Post: Why are there summer migrants still here?

    You may be surprised to hear that there are still summer migrants at Newport Wetlands. Well, one in particular has been seen quite regularly recently. Swallows are one of many birds that migrate to Africa every autumn to spend the winter in warmer climbs after spending the summer in Britain breeding...
  • Blog Post: Starlings, Soup and Sunset

    Yes, we have starlings ! Now that the clocks have gone back and dusk is happening earlier, we have been able to witness one of the most marvellous spectacles in the natural world: the starling murmuration. Throughout autumn and into winter, starlings gather here at Newport Wetlands, coming from...
  • Blog Post: There really are otters here

    Wildlife sightings October 13th to 20th It really is true: what I am about to tell you are real accounts of what has happened here at Newport Wetlands. A very common question we are asked is “Are there any otters here?” to which the answer we always give is “There are otters here...
  • Blog Post: Grey clouds and Yellow clouds (well, clouded yellows!)

    Over the past weeks there has been one regular sighting on the reserve that is an unexpected flash of colour and a nice reminder of summer in this dark autumnal gloom. The Clouded yellow ( Colias croceus ) butterfly is a distinctive orange-yellow often with a dark fringe to the wings. They are a migrant...
  • Blog Post: Tales of a Great Bird

    Tales of a Great Bird There has been many a tale of a bird at Newport Wetlands. It has been here before, that is for sure. It has been seen and photographed at different areas of the reserve last year. It often is confused with its smaller counterpart or with a different member of its family, the...
  • Blog Post: The tide is high but the scrape is low

    Newport Wetlands is nicely nestled on the mouth of the river Usk as it joins the Severn estuary. This means that the reserve experiences big changes in tide times and tidal ranges. In fact, the Severn estuary has the second highest tidal range of any river in the world, behind the Bay of Fundy in Canada...
  • Blog Post: Autumn arrivals and a mysterious stranger

    It’s been another beautiful week here, with a nice variety of bird species around including a number of passage migrants. There are still lots of wader species hanging around the lagoons including Ruff, Little Stint and Ringed Plover among others. Other notable sightings include the passage...
  • Blog Post: Ospreys and Ospreys (and other sightings)

    Well goodness me, what a week of sightings! On Friday and again on Monday there were reports of an Osprey flying over – migrating back to Africa no doubt. Alas, they weren’t hanging around, so only a lucky few got to spot them. And of course we’ve had some other interesting sightings...
  • Blog Post: Autumn passage

    Autumn passage Wildlife sightings 8 th – 24 th August 2014 In the last blog we talked about transitional periods and how seasonal changes affect nature and the movements and migrations of animals. A suggestion that autumn passage migrants would soon arrive was soon followed by the arrival...
  • Blog Post: Transitional periods

    Recent sightings 29 th July to 7 th August As the breeding season draws to a close and the adult birds and fledglings disperse around the reserve and further afield, it becomes quite difficult to find what you’re looking for during transitional periods. Have no fear, there are signs of autumn...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings 22.07 to 28.07

    Just a quick update on the sightings from last week: A bittern was spotted on Wednesday of last week, briefly in flight between the lagoon in front of the hide, and the lagoon at the “dead end” in the copse. It was only reported on this one day though...but it’s a great sign, and...
  • Blog Post: Summer Holiday Activities and Recent Sightings

    It’s almost time for the school holidays to begin, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to let you know about the events and activities that we are running throughout the summer weeks. Bring your children, bring your grandchildren, make the most of summer and get the kids outdoors! We...
  • Blog Post: Baby beardys

    Baby beardys There are so many satisfying things about spring and summer. When the sun decides to put his hat on, the weather can lift spirits. Butterflies and bees take advantage of nectar as flowers blossom with all their might and birds sing at the top of their voice. One of the most rewarding...
  • Blog Post: Wonderful weasels and Wild Sleepout fundraising

    Sightings 24 th – 30 th June The behaviour of birds often captures our imagination. Newport Wetlands sees plenty of bizarre and fantastic bird behaviour that continues to inspire people who visit. Now and again, a member of the public captures the behaviour of other animals, which sometimes...
  • Blog Post: Big Wild and Sleepy

    Sightings 17 th – 23 th June The Big Wild Sleepout was held on the weekend and what a night it was. Fifteen families attended this year and I’d like to thank you all for taking part and making it a success. There were birds, there were bats, there were fish and there were creepy crawlies...
  • Blog Post: Bugtopia!

    There are so many fascinating creatures on the reserve at the moment – every day visitors show us photos of butterflies, moths, dragonflies and other insects that they have spotted. It's quite fun trying to identify them and I admit we aren't always successful, but I'm learning every...
  • Blog Post: Orchids are blooming marvellous!

    At this time of year, some areas of the reserve explode with colour as orchids and other beautiful flowers are blooming. There are well over 20,000 orchid species worldwide and Newport Wetlands is home to five species: Southern Marsh ( Dactylorhiza praetermissa ), Common Spotted ( Dactylorhiza fuchsii...
  • Blog Post: Birds are like buses

    Newport Wetlands sightings blog may 27 to June 02 You wait for one and two come at the same time. Or something like that anyway. I’m talking of course about the two birds which have charmed our reserve this past week, the first of which has hung around for a while and the second of which was...
  • Blog Post: Savi's warbler says hello

    Savi’s warbler alert! From time to time at the wetlands, we discuss what the next rare bird will be to show its face on the reserve. Last year we had a surprise visit from a Penduline tit, followed shortly after by an American wigeon and it was only last week we pondered and hoped for the next...