• Updated Arrivals Board

    Recent sightings from 08 to 14 April 2019

    After a rainy start into the week things started to brighten up from Wednesday onwards and with that came some more arrivals. Most notably a Grasshopper warbler and a Common whitethroat were recorded for the first time this year on Saturday, and Friday brought the first Speckled wood butterfly. Sand martins continued to fly over the reedbeds and lagoons in big flocks with the…

    • 16 Apr 2019
  • Spring Has Taken Over

    Recent sightings from 01 to 07 April 2019

    Whilst one swallow doesn’t make a summer, hundreds of Sand martins definitely make a spring. Although some colder weather brought back some snow on the hilltops on Thursday morning, visitors to the wetlands who braved the weather conditions were treated to a sky full of Sand martins which were flying low over the reedbeds and lagoons especially on Thursday and Friday. Some Swallows…

    • 7 Apr 2019
  • Rare Visitors, Brilliant Singers and a Bit of Magic

    Recent sightings from 25 to 31 March 2019

    It was another exciting week at Newport Wetlands. Spring is well and truly on its way now with an array of butterflies in the air and with Chiffchaffs singing everywhere on the reserve competing with the Cetti’s warblers for the crown of the most vocal bird. One of our nicest singers, the Blackcap, is spreading joy with its melodious yet slightly melancholic song. Swallows and…

    • 31 Mar 2019
  • Another “Otterly” Brilliant Week

    Recent sightings from 18 to 24 March 2019

    The stars of the week were without a doubt once again our Otter family (probably a female with three young ones) which showed themselves nicely and were seen nearly every day. It is just always a very special encounter to see these fascinating animals in the wild. There were also some sightings of Weasels and a Water vole was spotted on Wednesday. With some great sunny weather…

    • 26 Mar 2019
  • More Wind and Rain and Active Otters

    Recent sightings from 11 to 17 March 2019

    It was another wet and windy, yet quite exciting week at Newport Wetlands. Whilst Bittern, Cetti's warbler, Water rail and Bearded reedling did their best to make themselves heard in the stormy conditions, most birds tried to seek shelter from the wind. One can't blame the Little owl to only make an appearance on the odd occasion during the last few days, although it did enjoy…

    • 17 Mar 2019
  • Rain, Wind and Much More

    Recent sightings from 03 to 10 March 2019

    The week started very promising indeed and on Monday a female Hen harrier which has been seen on several occasions since the end of November was spotted from the hide. One day later it made another appearance and this time it delighted us with flying right in front of the cafe window just before 5pm to allow some great close-up views. Some Snipe that were flying off in the presence…

    • 12 Mar 2019
  • Lively Lagoons

    Recent sightings from 25 February to 03 March 2019

    After some quiet months in the reedbeds and on the lagoons at the Newport Wetlands, things are starting to change and to become much livelier again. Lots of Tufted ducks and a good number of Gadwall, Pochard, Canada geese and Coot can be found on the lagoons alongside the always active Little grebes and on Thursday there was still a Scaup in amongst them as well. Fortunately…

    • 4 Mar 2019
  • Spring is Coming Early

    Recent sightings from 11 to 24 February 2019

    In the last two weeks, spring seems to have taken over from winter - at least for now. While swallows were flying over the Gower peninsula near Swansea, we saw some butterflies (Peacock, Brimstone and Red admiral) on the wing here at the Newport Wetlands and all the birds around the visitor centre started to burst into song. Love was in the air not only on Valentine's Day.…

    • 24 Feb 2019
  • Windy Wet-Lands

    Recent sightings from 04 to 10 February 2019

    The often windy and rainy conditions this week allowed some stunning views of the hovering Kestrel. While all its body was in motion with the wings flapping and the tail trying to steady the bird in the high winds, the head itself was absolutely still. A similar technique was used by the Stonechats over the reedbeds on a smaller scale, but not less impressive. On Thursday afternoon…

    • 10 Feb 2019
  • Wetland Winterwatch

    Recent sightings from 28 January to 03 February 2019

    In a week in which Winterwatch spoilt us on the telly with some great footage from the Cairngorms National Park, the Newport Wetlands were the location for its very own Winterwatch with lots of joyful moments, snow, and animal stars. On Tuesday the Short-eared owl made another appearance, this time right next to the visitor centre. The Little owl was still around this…

    • 3 Feb 2019
  • Close-up Views, Swimming Wader and Owls

    Recent sightings from 21 to 27 January 2019

    The bird ringers were at the Newport Wetlands on Saturday and their “catch of the day” allowed some rare close-up views of some of our favourite garden birds like Great tits and Blue tits. It is always a great experience to see even a familiar bird from up close (see also separate blog post). Right in time for the Big Garden Birdwatch, there were also big flocks of Goldfinches…

    • 27 Jan 2019
  • What Ringed Birds Can Tell You

    Bird Ringing Demonstration 26 January 2019

    The Goldcliff Ringing Group were our guests on Saturday morning for a bird ringing demonstration. Richard Clarke from the group kindly gave us a summary of the results:

    “A total of 33 birds were trapped and processed during the bird ringing event, which included 23 Blue tits (12 male/10 female), 8 Great tits (2 male, 6 female) and 2 Great spotted woodpeckers (both male and hatched…

    • 27 Jan 2019
  • Glossy & Golden

    Recent sightings from 14 to 20 January 2019

    Another well and truly exciting week at the Newport Wetlands with lots of interesting sightings. The mudflats continued to be full of wading birds. Huge flocks of Curlew, Lapwing and Dunlin were once again joined by Oystercatchers, Redshanks and Black-tailed godwits. A flock of 200 of the latter was present on Tuesday and were disturbed by a Peregrine which caused panic amongst…

    • 21 Jan 2019
  • Waders & Wildfowl

    Recent sightings from 07 to 13 January 2019

    Whilst the reedbeds and the lagoons were relatively quiet, the highlights were some sightings of a Marsh harrier and Stonechats which are still around in quite good numbers, it was much livelier on the mudflats. There were lots of Curlew, Lapwing and Dunlin and amongst them were also Oystercatchers, Black-tailed godwits, Redshanks and on Sunday some Grey plovers. Shelducks,…

    • 16 Jan 2019
  • Positive Emotions

    Recent sightings from 31 December 2018 to 06 January 2019

    Birdwatching can be an emotional pastime and while probably all of us have experienced going out with some high expectations of seeing a rare bird and gone home slightly disappointed because of not having had the luck to see it, most of the times being out in nature brings us joy and happiness. It can also be the little things that make you happy. I myself can…

    • 6 Jan 2019
  • More than Just Turkey for Christmas

    Recent sightings from 24 to 30 December 2018

    In a week in which many of us enjoyed close-up views of a turkey, there were many other birds to be seen at the Newport Wetlands as well. Monday brought not only a Merlin and 17 Grey plovers, but also good numbers of Black-tailed godwits and hundreds of Knot, Dunlin and Lapwing. Another highlight of the day was a Short-eared owl. There were good numbers of Wigeon and Shoveler…

    • 31 Dec 2018
  • Travelling Home for Christmas?

    Recent sightings from 17 to 23 December 2018

    After a very exciting week last week, things have been a bit quieter this week, partly also due to the inclement weather conditions with a fair share of rain and strong winds. There was still a good number of waders around on the mudflats with Dunlin, Lapwing and Curlew being the most numerous and some Oystercatchers, Redshanks and Black-tailed godwits in between. A regular…

    • 23 Dec 2018
  • Christmas Came Early

    Recent sightings from 10 to 16 December 2018

    It was a great week in regard to birdwatching at the Newport Wetlands which delivered one or another early Christmas presents! The week started off with a bang on Monday which brought some rare owl sightings. A Short-eared owl circled over the picnic area near the visitor centre in the afternoon in search of some early dinner and the Little owl made a welcome return to the…

    • 16 Dec 2018
  • Close-Ups of Starlings

    Recent sightings from 03 to 09 December 2018

    Much to our delight and to the delight of our visitors, the Starlings are still around to perform their murmurations and, even better, they decided to come closer and to perform right over the visitor centre. That way, we got some great views of them this week and when locking up the visitor centre in the evening we would still hear them chattering about in the nearby reedbeds…

    • 10 Dec 2018
  • Wader Bonanza

    Recent sightings from 26 November to 2 December 2018

    Apart from the biggest Starling murmurations this autumn so far with an estimated 30.000 birds, this week brought loads of waders to the mudflats and saltmarshes. It was a fascinating sight to see, well over 500 Lapwings which sometimes filled the air with their distinctive flight pattern. There were probably even larger numbers of Dunlin gathering on the mudflats,…

    • 2 Dec 2018
  • Go Wild with the RSPB and National Lottery this December #ThanksToYou

    Did you know that if you play the National Lottery then you’re helping to save nature every time you buy a ticket?  That’s why we’re saying a big #ThanksToYou for your funding support by offering free parking at RSPB Newport Wetlands if you bring along a Lottery ticket from Monday 3rd to Sunday 9th December.

    The National Lottery players raise, on average, £30 million each week for projects all over the…

    • 2 Dec 2018
  • Real Deals in Black Friday Week

    Recent sightings from 19 to 25 November 2018

    In the hedgerows, you could still find big flocks of Redwings feasting on the remaining berries and with some colder weather coming in there was also an increased activity on our bird feeders which were full of Great tits, Blue tits, Goldfinches, Greenfinches and House sparrows. The Great spotted woodpecker was also a regular visitor. Wednesday brought a female scaup to the…

    • 25 Nov 2018
  • A Welcoming Kestrel

    Recent sightings from 12 to 18 November 2018

    The week started with a Kestrel waiting for us at the car park when locking up on Monday morning. This set the tone for another interesting week at the Newport Wetlands. Big flocks of Redwings and Fieldfares could be seen all around the visitor centre as well as all over the reserve where they continued to pick up the remaining berries from the hedgerows. The starlings continued…

    • 18 Nov 2018
  • Winter Guests and Rare Visitors

    Recent sightings from 05 to 11 November 2018

    The week has been a windy and wet one, but not really a very cold one. However, the flocks of Fieldfares and Redwings are clear signs that winter is indeed on its way. Wintering wildfowl such as Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal and Shoveler have also been around and the mudflats held a good number of Curlews, Dunlins and Shelducks. The Starling murmurations kept on attracting raptors…

    • 17 Nov 2018
  • Starling Spectacle

    Recent sightings from 29 October to 04 November 2018

    The Baird’s sandpiper still attracted birdwatchers from afar to the Goldcliff lagoons where it showed itself nicely for the second week running. It also still got the attention from a Peregrine which chased it away on more than one occasion. Water pipit and Greenshank were other highlights of the week at Goldcliff. On the reserve the Starlings have taken over centre…

    • 4 Nov 2018