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  • 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: 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...
  • 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...