• Welcome back!

    We are back to welcome visitors to our RSPB Newport Wetlands reserve!

    Our first day back today on Monday 13th July already brought a lot of exciting sightings - despite of some rain - such as marsh harrier, peregrine, lots of waders, hundreds of shelducks and a wide range of bumblebees, dragonflies and butterflies.

    We want you to feel welcome and enjoy connecting to nature here in safety. Therefore, some changes have…

    • 13 Jul 2020
  • Let nature come to you

    Recent sightings from 30 March to 05 April 2020

    As all the RSPB reserves are still closed until further notice due to the Coronavirus, this week’s recent sightings blog will be concentrating once again on what our team from RSPB Newport Wetlands have seen in their gardens or have come across during their one daily exercise walk, nearby their homes. Once again, the variety of sightings was quite astonishing with the one…

    • 6 Apr 2020
  • Buzzing into spring

    The Covid-19 government instruction to stay at home until further notice is a serious one and by supporting each other we can get through this challenging time. This is a period where we can spend more time in our gardens and so to help we will be posting blogs about enjoying nature from your own gardens and about the wildlife that calls your garden their home. There will be a mixture of funny and factual and hope you…

    • 3 Apr 2020
  • RSPB Newport Wetlands Covid-19 update

    Following the latest clear instructions from the Government for us all to remain at home apart from a limited number of allowed activities, we are closing our reserves to visitors until further notice. It is with great sadness that we ask people to refrain from visiting RSPB reserves.

    This means we will close car parks, toilets, playgrounds, visitor centre, hides, cafes and shops to the public. Our efforts will now move…

    • 2 Apr 2020
  • Wildlife is all around us

    Recent sightings from 23 to 29 March 2020

    As all the RSPB reserves are now closed until further notice due to the Coronavirus, this week’s recent sightings blog will be the first one that comes in a slightly different form. We asked the RSPB Newport Wetlands team to have a watchful eye on what wildlife they can find on their doorsteps, be it in gardens or during their exercise walks near their homes. The response and…

    • 30 Mar 2020
  • Nature watching from home

    The new Covid-19 government instruction to stay at home until further notice is a serious one and by supporting each other we can get through this challenging time. This is a period where we can spend more time in our gardens and so to help we will be posting blogs about enjoying nature from your own gardens and about the wildlife that calls your garden their home. There will be a mixture of funny and factual and hope…

    • 27 Mar 2020
  • Nature carries on

    Recent sightings from 16 to 22 March 2020

    It was another week dominated by the Coronavirus. Following the government advice the RSPB made the difficult decision to close all visitor centres, cafés and shops to visitors. The access to the nature reserves remains open for the time being. Whilst we were busy with getting everything done, nature outside the visitor centre just carried on as normal and offered some real treats…

    • 23 Mar 2020
  • Signs of spring

    Recent sightings from 09 to 15 March 2020

    In difficult times in which the Coronavirus has taken over much of our lives, it is quite therapeutic to go out into the nature and to restore a bit of normality. This week did indeed hold plenty of highlights in terms of wildlife here at RSPB Newport Wetlands. Whilst most of the wintering waders have moved on and only curlew and oystercatcher could be seen on a regular basis…

    • 15 Mar 2020
  • Soundscape of the wetlands

    Recent sightings from 02 to 08 March 2020

    We are right in the middle of a transition period with winter fading out and spring just about to begin. There were still some of the winter visitors seen such as wigeons and shelducks on the foreshore and fieldfares and redwings on the fields, but there was also an increase in bird songs all over the reserve. The characteristic sound of the bittern could not be missed, and it…

    • 11 Mar 2020
  • More wind and rain and great sightings

    Recent sightings from 24 February to 01 March 2020

    The week started like the last one ended, with plenty more rain and wind. The weather stayed rather on the wild side for the coming days as well, however there was plenty to be seen. Tuesday morning began with the melodious tune of the song thrush and had plenty more in store. A really high tide brought nearly 100 wigeons close to the lighthouse in the morning and a bearded…

    • 29 Feb 2020
  • Another wild week

    Recent sightings from 17 to 23 February 2020

    The week brought more wet and very windy weather which weren’t the perfect conditions for birdwatching, especially along the coast. It was a challenge to keep the binoculars relatively still which might well be one reason why fewer wading birds were recorded this week than usual. There were, however, still a decent number of curlews and dunlin, oystercatcher, redshank and up…

    • 23 Feb 2020
  • Blown Away

    Recent sightings from 10 to 16 February 2020

    The week started with the last impacts of storm Ciara and ended with storm Dennis which came in force towards the weekend and caused lots of havoc throughout the south of Wales. Water levels are really high at the reserve as well but no further weather-related issues here at RSPB Newport Wetlands. There was still a good number of thrushes around with fieldfares in flocks of…

    • 19 Feb 2020
  • Reed cutting and Ciara

    Recent sightings from 03 to 09 February 2020

    There was a lot of activity at RSPB Newport Wetlands this week, although not all of it was directly wildlife related. Natural Resources Wales was carrying out some reed cutting which did cause some short-term disruption but will have positive effects in the long run as the reedbeds need to be managed to maintain a diverse habitat which will give the best conditions to many…

    • 10 Feb 2020
  • Good old friends

    Recent sightings from 27 January to 02 February 2020

    The week started off very promising on Monday morning. A really high tide brought around 160 wigeon and 70 teal close to the coast path, a flock of 18 grey plovers were flying along the water’s edge, a merlin was hunting over the foreshore and flocks of more than 300 lapwings and 1.000 dunlins alongside good numbers of curlew and shelduck completed a busy foreshore…

    • 2 Feb 2020
  • Frost, heavy rain and magical moments

    Recent sightings from 20 to 26 January 2020

    This week brought some frost to start with and some heavy rain on Sunday to end with. Despite the not always favourable weather conditions there was once again plenty of wildlife around and there were some great unforgettable moments! Coming from the car park you were greeted by the tune of the song thrush most mornings and as soon as you went into Perry Lane the bullfinches…

    • 26 Jan 2020
  • Sky full of birds

    Recent sightings from 13 to 19 January 2020

    It was another exciting week at RSPB Newport Wetlands with lots of great sightings. The coastline was once again the busiest part of the reserve. There was still a big number of wintering ducks and wading birds present. Lots of shelduck and wigeon were joined by shovelers and teals and the amount of waders were up compared to the previous weeks. There have been at least up to…

    • 20 Jan 2020
  • Rarities at Goldcliff

    Recent sightings from 06 to 12 January 2020

    Star attraction this week remained the black-necked grebe at Goldcliff lagoons which was first recorded Sunday a week ago and has since been seen on a daily basis. Goldeneye, the glossy ibis and the peregrine were other regulars at Goldcliff, where on Wednesday a pintail made a rare appearance as well. At the RSPB Newport Wetlands reserve once again the waders took centre stage…

    • 15 Jan 2020
  • Huge flocks and great close-ups

    Recent sightings from 30 December 2019 to 05 January 2020

    Starlings remained a main draw thanks to them staying around much longer than last year when they left the reserve at the middle of December. Whilst the numbers are down to around 5.000 to 10.000 now, they did indeed show some nice murmurations which mainly took place over the reedbeds towards the lighthouse. There was also a staggering amount of birds once again…

    • 5 Jan 2020
  • All I need for Christmas is an otter or two

    Recent sightings from 23 to 29 December 2019

    Christmas week started promising with the sighting of a bittern and two otters in the lagoons on Monday. The bittern was once again spotted on Christmas Eve and then all through the weekend. My favourite Christmas present came on a misty Friday morning when not only a large flock of long-tailed tits was jumping around in the reeds but also the otter was out fishing actively…

    • 30 Dec 2019
  • Flocks of waders

    Recent sightings from 16 to 22 December 2019

    Once again, the mudflats were the busiest part of the reserve with numbers of wading birds and wildfowl on the up. Especially at high tide, a lot of birds could be seen from the coast path. At least 70 wigeon and around 50 teal and shoveler joined more than 100 shelduck on the water’s edge. Large flock of several thousand dunlins could be spotted performing their aerial display…

    • 22 Dec 2019
  • Busy mudflats

    Recent sightings from 2 to 15 December 2019

    The starlings were still accompanying us throughout the first half of December. Numbers peaked at the beginning of the month with well over 40.000. Since then the numbers have dropped slightly and on some days we could see that the flock split into some larger groups which went down in different parts of the reedbeds. Redwing and fieldfare remained regulars especially in the…

    • 15 Dec 2019
  • Thrush party

    Recent sightings from 25 November to 1 December 2019

    Once again there were big numbers of redwing and fieldfare all over the reserve, feasting on the remaining berries. Blackbirds, song and mistle thrushes completed the thrush party. They did, however, not quite outnumber the starlings of which around 30.000 were roosting in the reedbed. Marsh harriers were still very interested in all the starling activities and on Wednesday…

    • 2 Dec 2019
  • Otterly delicious

    Recent sightings from 18 to 24 November 2019

    The otters were once again very much the star attraction at Newport Wetlands this week. Up to two otters could be seen fishing in the lagoons on a daily basis and on a rainy Friday two were feasting on apparently utterly delicious fish in front of the hide for no less than 45 minutes. Unsurprisingly the starlings were a big attraction as well and some nice murmuration of around…

    • 24 Nov 2019
  • First signs of winter

    Recent sightings from 11 to 17 November 2019

    This week we finally had some bigger numbers of fieldfare and redwing although the flocks are still not quite as big as you would expect at this time of the year. Especially redwings could be seen feeding on the berries along the paths and flying over in flocks of around twenty or thirty. Perry Lane was full of thrushes in the mornings with some song thrushes and mistle thrushes…

    • 17 Nov 2019
  • Autumn at its best

    Recent sightings from 04 to 10 November 2019

    We had some heavy rain this week but also some glorious autumn sunshine. Common darters, migrant hawkers and red admirals made the most of the weather and could be seen on sunny days. Finally, the winter thrushes made it back to the wetlands in some numbers although there haven’t been big flocks of fieldfare and redwing yet. Noticeably the number of blackbirds has increased…

    • 10 Nov 2019