• Wonderful wildfowl

    Recent sightings from 16 to 22 November 2020

    This week had its fair share of typical November weather with lots of rain and wind. Therefore, conditions for birdwatching weren’t perfect as the visibility was quite poor at times. Not least identifying waders on the foreshore became an even bigger challenge than it already is normally. Curlew, dunlin, black-tailed godwit, lapwing, grey plover, oystercatcher and redshank…

    • 22 Nov 2020
  • Winter is coming

    Recent sightings from 09 to 15 November 2020

    The first week back after the firebreak lockdown in Wales brought plenty of great wildlife with the one of the other rarity mixed in. Since we went into lockdown quite a few things have changed in nature and winter is well and truly on its way. One sure sign for this is the arrival of thrushes in big numbers. There are plenty more blackbirds around and flocks of fieldfare and…

    • 16 Nov 2020
  • Treats before the firebreak lockdown

    Recent sightings from 19 to 23 October 2020

    As a result of the Wales Firebreak, the visitor centre including shop, café and toilets, plus the car park, are closed from 5.00pm Friday 23 October until 9.00am Monday 9 November 2020. We look forward to welcoming visitors back once the Firebreak ends. Follow us on Twitter for the latest updates.

    Due to the firebreak lockdown, this roundup includes only sightings from Monday…

    • 23 Oct 2020
  • Raptors, bearded tits and moths

    Recent sightings from 12 to 18 October 2020

    Along the coast curlew and shelduck were seen in good numbers on the mudflats whilst wigeons were seen at the water’s edge and a pintail was reported on Sunday. Some dunlins were around on Tuesday and Thursday and a flock of lapwings was flying past on Friday. Little egrets were standing out with their bright white plumage. A great black-back gull joined the black-headed, lesser…

    • 19 Oct 2020
  • Autumn delights

    Recent sightings from 05 to 11 October 2020

    Autumn has well and truly arrived with chilly mornings and earlier sunsets. The week started promising with lots of curlews and shelducks along the foreshore. They were joined on Monday by a small flock of dunlins. Later that day a mixed flock of waders including black-tailed godwits and redshanks was seen flying over the reserve towards the coast. Whilst sparrowhawk and buzzard…

    • 12 Oct 2020
  • Rain, more rain and a visiting lady

    Recent sightings from 27 September to 04 October 2020

    It was a wet week! Four out of the seven days could well and truly be classed as wash-outs but in between there was the one or the other period of calmer and even sunnier weather. The week started rather promising sightings-wise when not only kingfisher, goldcrest, stonechat and green woodpecker were seen on Monday but also a nuthatch and a spotted flycatcher – both…

    • 4 Oct 2020
  • Autumn has arrived

    Recent sightings from 21 to 27 September 2020

    There was plenty going on along the coast this week. Especially the numbers of curlews and shelducks were rising. Up to at least 150 curlews and 650 shelducks could be seen on the mudflats which was quite spectacular. Some oystercatchers and little egrets were around as well and especially during high tide you could also spot a few wigeons. On the lagoons, teal, gadwall and…

    • 28 Sep 2020
  • Favourites, dragonflies and a snake

    Recent sightings from 14 to 20 September 2020

    It was a very good week for some of the absolute favourites of our visitors. Up to three kingfishers were seen every day flying over the lagoons or perching on the reeds. Often you could also see them hovering over the water before diving into the water to catch fish. Spectacular! Bearded reedlings were heard and seen in the reedbeds from Monday till Thursday before windier…

    • 20 Sep 2020
  • Kingfishers, bearded reedlings and a busy coastline

    Recent sightings from 07 to 13 September 2020

    Swallows were still seen flying over in big numbers with smaller flocks of house martins joining them. Along the hedgerows blackcap, bullfinch, chiffchaff and goldfinch were regulars and robin, blue and great tit and not least flocks of long-tailed tits brought many a smile to our faces when they visited the feeders next to our welcome marquee. Jays added a splash of colour…

    • 14 Sep 2020
  • A regal visitor

    Recent sightings from 31 August to 06 September 2020

    It was another busy week at RSPB Newport Wetlands. Willow warblers, chiffchaffs, bullfinches and blackcaps remained regulars as did the green woodpecker. Buzzard, peregrine and sparrowhawk were all seen and a hobby on Tuesday might well have been attracted not only by the dragonflies but also by swallows, sand and house martins which were flying over in sizeable flocks…

    • 7 Sep 2020
  • Surprises on an early morning

    Recent sightings from 24 to 30 August 2020

    It was a week in which some of the songbirds burst into new life. The robin next to our welcome marquee treated us to several concerts and the Cetti’s warblers tried their best to outvoice not only the robin but also each other in their quest to win their internal competition of who is the loudest individual. Along the hedgerows there were plenty of common whitethroats and blackcaps…

    • 1 Sep 2020
  • Reclaimed by nature: Post lockdown

    March 18th, a busy day filled with team members making the final preparations before the closure of the visitor centre. The team were not expecting to be away for too long from their beloved home away from home. A few days later lockdown was announced.

    Four months on, a small team of volunteers and staff dusted off their uniforms and name badges eagerly awaiting to return to Newport Wetlands. It is safe to say things…

    • 1 Sep 2020
  • A wolf lurks among the wildflowers

    The life of an insect is a harsh one, a story of hunt or be hunted. This is a story that plays out amongst the wildflowers at Newport Wetlands every day, right beneath our feet. A story that often goes unnoticed, except for those rare moments when you are there to witness the drama unfold. This is true for this week’s wildlife spectacle when a member of the team witnessed a beewolf hunt and capture its prey, illuminating…

    • 26 Aug 2020
  • Blown away

    Recent sightings from 17 to 23 August 2020

    It was another rather wild week at RSPB Newport Wetlands with heavy rain and stormy conditions. All week long you could still see the swallows preparing for their migration south and there were a few house and sand martins amongst them as well. During a rainy Wednesday four swifts were flying over and a few more individuals were seen in Goldcliff during the weekend. Our bird…

    • 24 Aug 2020
  • Moth morning at Newport Wetlands

    During the last two weeks we had the moth trap out overnight twice and were rewarded with a rare insight into this absolutely fascinating group of insects.

    An evening filled with sunshine is the perfect setting to put out a moth trap but even in less favourable weather conditions it might well be worth giving it a go. The team at RSPB Newport Wetlands dusted off the UFO-style equipment and placed it among the wildflowers…

    • 19 Aug 2020
  • A bit of everything

    Recent sightings from 10 to 16 August 2020

    This week had a bit of everything in many aspects. In regard to the weather we had it all from near unbearable heat to some heavy rain. All week long you could see swallows with some house and sand martins gathering in bigger numbers and starlings started to get together in smaller flocks as well. There were some parties of long-tailed tits visiting us with the one or the other…

    • 17 Aug 2020
  • Heating up towards the weekend

    Recent sightings from 03 to 09 August 2020

    The week was heating up towards the weekend not only in regard to temperatures but also in regard to sightings. All week long we had some “usual suspects” around us such as the green woodpecker and there was a noticeable increase in swallows which could be seen flying over the reserve with some house and sand martins as well as the occasional swift mixed in. Starlings also started…

    • 10 Aug 2020
  • Newport’s special little bumblebee

    RSPB Newport Wetlands are not only home to plenty of birds, butterflies and dragonflies but also to several species of bumblebees. Rhiannon Munro got fascinated by these buzzing winged wonders and introduces you to one very special little bumblebee which you can see at your next visit to the wetlands - the shrill carder bee:

    As lockdown saw more people reconnecting with their local wildlife places, it can often be surprising…

    • 6 Aug 2020
  • After rain comes shine

    Recent sightings from 27 July to 2 August 2020

    The week started with a real wash-out on Monday which brought lots of rain but hardly any sightings. However, the wet weather was short lived and already on Tuesday conditions improved rapidly. The result was some really nice sightings including bittern, peregrine and a few whimbrels on the mudflats. A magpie moth didn’t go unnoticed and once again a clouded yellow butterfly…

    • 3 Aug 2020
  • Moth trapping

    If you are looking for an interesting activity for the summer holidays, then look no further. Our moth expert Kevin Hewitt has put together some useful tips for how to get the most out of moth trapping and to explore the wonders of this secretive group of insects:

    Everyone will be surprised by what is flying around their gardens at night. Yes, you may be seeing bats or hear an owl BUT there are many more creatures on…

    • 27 Jul 2020
  • Secretive, colourful and dynamic

    Recent sightings from 20 to 26 July 2020

    Lots of birds are quite secretive at this time of the year and try to keep a low profile after finishing their breeding business. There were, however, still regular sightings of reed buntings whilst Cetti's warblers could be heard every now and then. A sedge warbler was spotted on Monday and some bearded reedlings including at least two juveniles were seen on Wednesday. The fact…

    • 27 Jul 2020
  • Summer in full swing

    Recent sightings from 13 to 19 July 2020

    Photo credit: Welcome committee by Stefan Zitzmann

    Our first week back on site brought lots of lovely encounters with wildlife. There were plenty of butterflies, dragonflies and bumblebees on the wing which gave the reserve a real summer feeling. No less than 15 different butterfly species have been recorded during the week including ringlet, large, small and green-veined white…

    • 20 Jul 2020
  • 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