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  • Blog Post: The origins of Easter

    There have been several ideas as to where Easter eggs originated from: They may have originated from a pagan symbol, connected to the goddess Ostara, a suggested German version of Eostre. At the Passover Seder, a hard-boiled egg dipped in salt water symbolizes both new life and the Passover sacrifice...
  • Blog Post: Highs and lows

    It’s finally March and with the start of the new month comes the start of a new season and arguably the best time of year for wildlife and nature-lovers alike. Over the next few weeks the winter brown of the reeds will give way to a luscious green and the breeding season will be well underway...
  • 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: World Wetlands Day at Newport Wetlands

    World Wetlands Day is tomorrow! This is an internationally celebrated day to mark the anniversary date of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (2 February 1971). All over the world there are activities on this day to raise awareness about the benefits and importance of wetlands areas. To celebrate our...
  • 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 25/03 - 31/03

    Hi all, here’s the recent sightings list for Newport Wetlands over the last week. Bearded tit, Blackbird, Blackcap, Black-headed gull, Buzzard, Canada goose, Carrion crow, Cetti’s warbler, Chiffchaff, Coot, Curlew, Dunlin, Dunnock, Gadwall, Goldcrest, Goldfinch, Great crested grebe, Great...
  • 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: A rare beetle on the reserve

    We’ve had, allegedly, another exciting rarity spotted on the reserve by an expert! This time, it’s a beetle called Rugilus fragilis which, according to the National Biodiversity Network database , hasn’t been recorded in Wales before. Very exciting! The gentleman who spotted it (and...
  • Blog Post: Earth Day

    So Monday 22 nd April is this years Earth Day, what do you have planned to show your support for environmental protection? Earth Day was first held on April 22, 1970 originally focused on the United States until 1990 when it went international. It is now celebrated in more than 192 countries every...
  • 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: 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: 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: Wild Art and Walks at Newport Wetlands

    Looking for something to do this weekend? Look no further! We’ve got three fantastic events here at Newport Wetlands which should keep the whole family busy. Firstly, we have the Big Wild Art event which is FREE for everyone and is now running all day Saturday and Sunday from 11am til 3.30pm...
  • Blog Post: Great White Egret Makes a Flying Visit (haha…sorry).

    What an exciting day! At about 12.30pm today we had a very brief visit from a Great White Egret ! It landed on the scrape (right next to a resident Little Egret ) and poked about in the water for a while, then after just 20 short minutes decided to leave us. Needless to say, there was a great hullabaloo...
  • Blog Post: Weekend events at Newport Wetlands

    There's 3 more exciting events at Newport Wetlands this weekend so come out and enjoy this sunny weather! It's the Wildlife Explorers Club monthly meet up on Saturday 4th May at 10am - this month they are going out fossil hunting on the reserve! It's £2.00 for RSPB members and £3...
  • 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: 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: 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: Winter wonderland at the Wetlands

    Here at Newport Wetlands we might have escaped the worst of the early wintry weather, but the scrape, ponds and lagoon s have been more suitable for ice skates than webbed feet over the last two weeks! While we may not be wading our way through several feet of snow, the sub-zero temperatures have...