• Autumn migrants on the move

    Autumn migration has brought a good variety of birds to the reserve over the past few weeks, with some of the main highlights including an adult black tern which appeared briefly over the deep lagoon on 29/8 and up to two garganey, at least one of which has been present since 26/8.

    A variety of scarce waders have made appearances including a little stint which has also been present and regularly seen since 26/8, ruf…

    • 12 Sep 2021
  • Wader numbers increase as autumn migration gets underway

    The number and variety of wading birds has been steadily increasing over the last few weeks as autumn migration picks up and we see many birds moving back southwards and dispersing away from their breeding grounds.

    Four avocets on 2/7 were a particular highlight being the second record of the species here this year following a gap of over 10 years since they were previously recorded on the reserve (avocet photo by Ben…

    • 1 Aug 2021
  • Great whites return!


    Great white egrets have made a recent reappearance on the reserve, almost exactly a year after they started to arrive last year (photo of two of last years birds by Mel Hughes). This time, at least four arrived at once on 24/6 and most of these seem to be hanging around with at least two or three birds being seen daily since.

    For the first time a ringed bird has given us some indication of where these birds might be…

    • 2 Jul 2021
  • Nightjar takes a nap - on a heron!

    It’s been a busy few weeks with numerous interesting sightings for the reserve, but undoubtedly the highlight has to be a nightjar which was present on 22/5, the first record of this species here. Being nocturnal, the bird spent most of the day roosting on the back of a life size model of a heron which had been positioned in front of a viewing screen as part of our children’s discovery trail. This provided many…

    • 23 May 2021
  • From winter to spring - a full sightings update

    With the reserve having recently reopened to the public after several months, we’re long overdue an update of wildlife sightings stretching all the way back to almost mid-December. Once again much has happened with the changing seasons and lengthening daylight hours as the reserve gradually reawakens and comes to life as we move further into the spring. Winter visitors have mostly departed, spring migration is well…

    • 18 Apr 2021
  • Habitat management progresses as birds settle in for the winter

    Habitat management work has been progressing well over the past few weeks, with a particular focus on cutting back the vegetation on most of the lagoon islands to maintain good habitat for feeding, roosting and potentially nesting water birds, along with better opportunities for viewing them (picture above taken from one of the islands near Carneddau hide on the deep lagoon while work was being carried out). 

    With the…

    • 16 Dec 2020
  • It’s beginning to look like winter again!

    The winter season at Conwy generally means an increase in wildfowl on the lagoons, flocks of tits and finches feeding in the trees, and the presence of one of the reserve’s most sought after birds, the firecrest (library image by Bob Garrett). This year it seems this species arrived a little earlier than usual, with the first record on 12/9, and there have been regular sightings of at least one bird throughout the…

    • 8 Nov 2020
  • Great whites, more autumn migrants and winter arrivals!

    Great white egrets have remained one of the highlights on the reserve once again over the past month with a peak of six birds present together on the shallow lagoon on 13/9 and typically three or four birds seen on most days, generally moving between the estuary and the lagoons depending on the tide (photo by Mel Hughes). It’s almost three months now since the first bird turned up here so this is certainly the longest…

    • 26 Sep 2020
  • Autumn migrants and new moths!

    The main highlights over the past month were a juvenile black tern (photo by Martin Neale) which was present from 22/8 to 23/8, and a wood sandpiper from 31/7 to 1/8, both of which were mostly seen around the deep lagoon. Great white egrets have been seen consistently around the reserve for the last couple of months now, with at least two birds present on most days and up to four seen on several occasions.  

    Other highlights…

    • 30 Aug 2020
  • Great whites move in!

    With the reserve trails having reopened to the public on 8/7, we've been fortunate to have had the daily presence of great white egrets for several weeks running (library image by Simon Knight). The first appeared on 28/6 and was joined by a second bird on 13/7 with the two both being present since, and mostly feeding and roosting around the shallow lagoon. A third bird was also reported on the estuary on 18/7. Althou…

    • 19 Jul 2020
  • Finally - a spring sightings update!

     Cowslips beside the shallow lagoon in early spring (Jonni Price)

    It’s been a while since the last sightings blog post for the reserve was published, and a lot has certainly happened over the last three months with seasons changing, migrant birds coming and going, and the reserve coming to life in its full glory as we approach mid-summer. With the lack of visitors and only a small number of staff working there may…

    • 22 Jun 2020
  • Celebrating 25 years of RSPB Conwy - Conwy & me! (Paul)

    On 14 April 1995, after years of initial development, RSPB Conwy nature reserve opened it's gates to the public. Throughout April, we want to commemorate this milestone, and celebrate our 25th anniversary with you! As part of this celebration, we will be sharing what RSPB Conwy means to the people at the heart of the reserve - our fantastic staff (both past and present), and our amazing volunteers. Each blog has been…

    • 19 Apr 2020
  • Celebrating 25 years of RSPB Conwy - Conwy & me! (Julian)

    On 14 April 1995, after years of initial development, RSPB Conwy nature reserve opened it's gates to the public. Throughout April, we want to commemorate this milestone, and celebrate our 25th anniversary with you! As part of this celebration, we will be sharing what RSPB Conwy means to the people at the heart of the reserve - our fantastic staff (both past and present), and our amazing volunteers. Each blog has been…

    • 18 Apr 2020
  • Celebrating 25 years of RSPB Conwy - Conwy & me! (Bob & Sarah)

    On 14 April 1995, after years of initial development, RSPB Conwy nature reserve opened it's gates to the public. Throughout April, we want to commemorate this milestone, and celebrate our 25th anniversary with you! As part of this celebration, we will be sharing what RSPB Conwy means to the people at the heart of the reserve - our fantastic staff (both past and present), and our amazing volunteers. Each blog has been…

    • 16 Apr 2020
  • Celebrating 25 years of RSPB Conwy - Conwy & me! (Judith & Jo)

    On 14 April 1995, after years of initial development, RSPB Conwy nature reserve opened it's gates to the public. Throughout April, we want to commemorate this milestone, and celebrate our 25th anniversary with you! As part of this celebration, we will be sharing what RSPB Conwy means to the people at the heart of the reserve - our fantastic staff (both past and present), and our amazing volunteers. Each blog has been…

    • 16 Apr 2020
  • Celebrating 25 years of RSPB Conwy - Conwy & me! (Louise)

    On 14 April 1995, after years of initial development, RSPB Conwy nature reserve opened it's gates to the public. Throughout April, we want to commemorate this milestone, and celebrate our 25th anniversary with you! As part of this celebration, we will be sharing what RSPB Conwy means to the people at the heart of the reserve - our fantastic staff (both past and present), and our amazing volunteers. Each blog has been…

    • 15 Apr 2020
  • Celebrating 25 years of RSPB Conwy - Conwy and me! (Paul)

    On 14 April 1995, after years of initial development, RSPB Conwy nature reserve opened it's gates to the public. Throughout April, we want to commemorate this milestone, and celebrate our 25th anniversary with you! As part of this celebration, we will be sharing what RSPB Conwy means to the people at the heart of the reserve - our fantastic staff (both past and present), and our amazing volunteers. Each blog has been…

    • 13 Apr 2020
  • Celebrating 25 years of RSPB Conwy - Conwy & me! (John & Rosie)

    On 14 April 1995, after years of initial development, RSPB Conwy nature reserve opened it's gates to the public. Throughout April, we want to commemorate this milestone, and celebrate our 25th anniversary with you! As part of this celebration, we will be sharing what RSPB Conwy means to the people at the heart of the reserve - our fantastic staff (both past and present), and our amazing volunteers. Each blog has been…

    • 10 Apr 2020
  • Celebrating 25 years of RSPB Conwy - Conwy & me! (Jon Ward)

    On 14 April 1995, after years of initial development, RSPB Conwy nature reserve opened it's gates to the public. Throughout April, we want to commemorate this milestone, and celebrate our 25th anniversary with you! As part of this celebration, we will be sharing what RSPB Conwy means to the people at the heart of the reserve - our fantastic staff (both past and present), and our amazing volunteers. Each blog has been…

    • 10 Apr 2020
  • Celebrating 25 years of RSPB Conwy - Conwy and me! (Audrey & William)

    On 14 April 1995, after years of initial development, RSPB Conwy nature reserve opened it's gates to the public. Throughout April, we want to commemorate this milestone, and celebrate our 25th anniversary with you! As part of this celebration, we will be sharing what RSPB Conwy means to the people at the heart of the reserve - our fantastic staff (both past and present), and our amazing volunteers. Each blog has been…

    • 10 Apr 2020
  • Celebrating 25 years of RSPB Conwy - Conwy and me! (Libet & Bill)

    On 14 April 1995, after years of initial development, RSPB Conwy nature reserve opened it's gates to the public. Throughout April, we want to commemorate this milestone, and celebrate our 25th anniversary with you! As part of this celebration, we will be sharing what RSPB Conwy means to the people at the heart of the reserve - our fantastic staff (both past and present), and our amazing volunteers. Each blog has been…

    • 9 Apr 2020
  • Celebrating 25 years of RSPB Conwy - Conwy and me! (Helen Jowett)

    On 14 April 1995, after years of initial development, RSPB Conwy nature reserve opened it's gates to the public. Throughout April, we want to commemorate this milestone, and celebrate our 25th anniversary with you! As part of this celebration, we will be sharing what RSPB Conwy means to the people at the heart of the reserve - our fantastic staff (both past and present), and our amazing volunteers. Each blog has been…

    • 8 Apr 2020
  • Spring is here!

    Along with the recent warmer weather, longer daylight hours and new leaves emerging on the trees, the sound of chiffchaffs singing around the reserve (photo by John Bridges, RSPB images) is a clear indication that spring has begun. These are one of our earliest migrants to arrive from Africa with the first one heard on 13/3. Another early arrival as usual has been sand martins with the first ones seen on 14/3. Reed Bunti…

    • 22 Mar 2020
  • Starlings and Storms!

    The last few weeks have seen several notable things happening on the reserve. Around the end of January and into early February we were enjoying spectacular aerial displays from up to 60,000 starlings as they came in to roost in the reedbeds in the evenings (photo by Jonni Price).

    The first week of February saw extensive habitat management work successfully completed with many large areas of mature bramble scrub removed…

    • 16 Feb 2020
  • Habitat Management increases Biodiversity

    Plans are underway for some large scale habitat management work on the reserve during the first week of February. This will see mature bramble scrub cleared from various areas in order to maintain a more diverse range of habitats as well as improving some of the views from the trails. 

    The areas opened up will help to create a patchwork of different habitat types and structures, with increased edge features. These chan…

    • 18 Jan 2020