• Winter guests and late summer visitors

    Recent sightings from 14 to 20 October 2019

    The most visible bird species this week was without any doubt the stonechat. Stonechats could be seen jumping around in the reedbeds, on the paths and along the foreshore in good numbers and were a joy to watch. In general, the salt marshes were busy with little birds and flocks of linnets and reed buntings regularly joined the stonechats and a wheatear on Monday and a whinchat…

    • 21 Oct 2019
  • Wet wetlands

    Recent sightings from 07 to 13 October 2019

    It was a wet week at Newport Wetlands which brought some rather unpleasant weather conditions which weren’t perfect for birdwatching. However, there were still plenty of nice sightings. Flocks of long-tailed tits were jumping around all over the reserve and brought a ray of sunshine to many a grey day. In amongst them you could regularly find goldcrests and chiffchaffs. Stonechats…

    • 13 Oct 2019
  • A colourful autumn mix

    Recent sightings from 30 September to 06 October 2019

    There was definitely no shortage of great sightings this week. The colourful kingfisher could be spotted on most days and was once again seen hovering over the lagoons (see photo below) while fishing. A truly spectacular sight! Some of the migrating passerines were still about as well. There were regular sightings of wheatear along the seawall and a yellowhammer was…

    • 6 Oct 2019
  • Wet, windy and wild

    Recent sightings from 23 to 29 September 2019

    The week was definitely on the wild side in regard to the weather and brought a fair share of wet and windy conditions. Unsurprisingly, insects such as dragonflies and butterflies were not as active as in the previous weeks although there were still some migrant hawker, comma, red admiral, painted lady and a vapourer moth spotted this week. The feeders in front of the café…

    • 29 Sep 2019
  • Sparkling in the sunshine

    Recent sightings from 16 to 22 September 2019

    It was a week with lots of glorious sunshine. Butterflies and dragonflies made the most of these conditions. Lots of hawkers and darters filled the air and especially common darters could often be seen in tandem flight. The sun shining on the dragonflies certainly brought the best out of them. Speaking of bright colourful delights, the kingfisher once again made regular appearances…

    • 22 Sep 2019
  • The small ones taking centre stage

    Recent sightings from 09 to 15 September 2019

    Once again, the passerines/perching birds took centre stage and produced the one or the other truly exciting sighting this week. Wheatear remained a common sight along the coast, both at Newport Wetlands and at Goldcliff lagoons. Whilst sedge and reed warbler only allowed short glimpses, the Cetti’s warblers were singing loudly even at the beginning of the week with inclement…

    • 15 Sep 2019
  • Little ones on the move

    Recent sightings from 02 to 08 September 2019

    It was a week which was dominated by wading birds and passerines (also known as perching bird or songbirds). A semipalmated sandpiper, a rare visitor from the North American tundra, visited Goldcliff lagoons and attracted many twitchers. The last record of the “semi p” – as it was named – was from Thursday. It wasn’t the only attraction at Goldcliff which once again was a…

    • 9 Sep 2019
  • August ends with a flourish

    Recent sightings from 26 August to 1 September 2019

    The week started off very promising with sightings of three curlew sandpipers, a hen harrier and a glossy ibis at Goldcliff Lagoons. The curlew sandpipers remained at the lagoons for the rest of the week and were joined by large flocks of knot and black-tailed godwit, some whimbrels, ruffs, greenshanks and bar-tailed godwits and by a little stint and three turnstones…

    • 1 Sep 2019
  • Best of both seasons

    Recent sightings from 19 to 25 August 2019

    Not only the heatwave over the bank holiday weekend was a clear sign that summer isn't quite over yet. Plenty of dragonflies enjoyed the warm and sunny conditions. Butterflies were very active as well. There were still some quite faded painted lady butterflies around and lots of common blue butterflies added a splash of colour to the scenery as did a kingfisher which flew past…

    • 26 Aug 2019
  • All in white

    Recent sightings from 12 to 18 August 2019

    There was a fair share of rainy and windy days this week which resulted in birds, butterflies and dragonflies seeking shelter wherever possible. Painted ladies were, however, still around this week and in the woodlands a big number of speckled wood filled the air. These medium sized butterflies might not be the most colourful ones but with their delicate pattern they are very…

    • 18 Aug 2019
  • Good old friends

    Recent sightings from 04 to 11 August 2019

    There were still plenty of painted lady butterflies around the reserve to the delight of our visitors. Up to 100 were seen struggling with the conditions on a windy Friday. Common and ruddy darter as well as southern and migrant hawker were seen in good numbers on the sunny days. More than a hundred curlew were present on the mudflats throughout the week and there were some redshank…

    • 11 Aug 2019
  • Migration has started

    Recent sightings from 29 July to 04 August 2019

    One of our most spectacular summer visitors, the swift, started to gather for their way back to their wintering grounds in south Africa. On Tuesday, we could see a group of at least 40 of them flying over the reserve. Swallows, house martins and sand martins could be seen in small numbers over the water as well. Once again, the reserve was full of insects. Lots of butterflies…

    • 4 Aug 2019
  • A Lot Of Strangely Shaped Bills

    Recent sightings from 22 to 28 July 2019

    The green woodpecker made several appearances close to the visitor centre this week and could be seen regularly in the mornings. Surprisingly busy were the mudflats. Not only were there a good selection of gulls (including great black-backed gulls) and a good number of shelduck, but also a variety of wading birds. Up to 100 curlews were seen probing the mud with their distinctively…

    • 29 Jul 2019
  • Wetlands Are Buzzing

    Recent sightings from 15 to 21 July 2019

    Family groups of long-tailed tits were seen regularly during this week and sometimes you could even find a goldcrest in amongst them. Lots of the other song birds preferred to keep out of sight, finishing their breeding business or being in the process of moulting. You could still get glimpses of reed and sedge warbler and with a good portion of luck even get a nice view of a Cetti…

    • 21 Jul 2019
  • Quiet? Not quite!

    Recent sightings from 01 to 14 July 2019

    Whilst summer is usually a quiet time in regard to birds, there were still quite a few interesting sightings in the first half of July. The month started with a real rarity when a long-eared owl got spotted on 1st July. One day later, a great white egret was another exciting sighting. Although it isn’t a rare bird at the wetlands, sightings of a water rail are very rare indeed…

    • 15 Jul 2019
  • Winged Beauties

    Recent sightings from 24 to 30 June 2019

    The week started off at Goldcliff Lagoons with the Spoonbill remaining the main attraction. Ringed and little ringed plover, black-tailed godwit, lapwing and redshank were also still about, as were a few dunlins. A wood sandpiper was a surprise guest on Tuesday. Shoveler, teal and wigeon were amongst the ducks present at the lagoons, whilst the warblers were still quite active…

    • 30 Jun 2019
  • Breeding Season in Full Swing

    Recent sightings from 17 to 23 June 2019

    After the rain and wind of last week, the weather was much kinder to us this week and with it came lots of exciting sightings. During our Bearded Reedling and Breakfast Walk on Wednesday our group not only got a glimpse of a bearded reedling but also a good view of two otters. This was well worth getting up early for! The bearded reedling was seen once more later that day and once…

    • 23 Jun 2019
  • A Mixed Bag

    Recent sightings from 10 to 16 June 2019

    It was definitely a mixed bag in regard to the weather at Newport Wetlands last week – as it was indeed for most of the UK. Therefore, it wasn’t a big surprise that a lot of birds preferred to seek shelter from rain and wind. It was relatively quiet on the mudflats but there was still a whimbrel about on Monday alongside a good number of shelduck. It was a rather good week for…

    • 17 Jun 2019
  • The Big Reveal

    Recent sightings from 3 to 9 June 2019

    On Saturday our new bronze relief model of the Gwent Levels was finally revealed by TV presenter and RSPB President Miranda Krestovnikoff, but this was not the only highlight during what was at times a very windy and wet week. There was still plenty of new life to be welcomed. Two pochard females were looking after three ducklings, the reed warbler and the green woodpecker also had…

    • 9 Jun 2019
  • True Beauties All Around

    Recent sightings from 27 May to 2 June 2019

    More and more orchids appeared all over the reserve with the southern marsh orchid being the most common one but there are also some common spotted orchids and a good number of bee orchids to be found. We are still waiting for pyramidal orchids and marsh helleborine, but the bee orchids are well and truly spectacular. Spectacular is also a fitting description for dragonflies…

    • 2 Jun 2019
  • An Explosion of Colours and Strange Noises from the Reeds

    Recent sightings from 20 to 26 May 2019

    Reed, sedge and Cetti’s warblers remained very active in the reedbeds and there was also the one or the other sighting of bearded reedlings. The star of the show in the reedbed this week was, however, a Savi’s warbler which appeared during the weekend and attracted a big number of birdwatchers to the reserve. Its characteristic song could be heard Saturday and Sunday morning. Usually…

    • 29 May 2019
  • Raptors, Waders and a Special Ducks

    Recent sightings from 13 to 19 May 2019

    This week brought a sighting of a hobby which was flying over the reserve on Wednesday on the lookout for dragonflies of which more and more are on the wing now. There were also nice displays of kestrels, buzzards and sparrowhawks and a marsh harrier flew over the scrape right in front of the café on Saturday afternoon allowing some rare close-up views. A red kite which was seen…

    • 19 May 2019
  • Spring Brings New Life

    Recent sightings from 06 to 12 May 2019

    The most sought-after species this week were once again the cuckoo and the bearded reedling. The cuckoo has been active most days and up to three individuals could not only be heard but also seen close to the visitor centre. The participants of our Bearded Reedling and Breakfast Walk on Saturday were lucky to get a sighting of a male bearded reedling which was perching nicely in…

    • 12 May 2019
  • Song Birds All Around

    Recent sightings from 29 April to 05 May 2019

    The week started off in style with the sighting of a spoonbill at Goldcliff lagoons on Monday and a grasshopper warbler at the wetlands on Tuesday. Most visitors were hoping to catch a glimpse of a cuckoo or a bearded reedling. Cuckoos still were rather active all over the reserve and could be heard and seen on a daily basis and fortunately there have also been a number of…

    • 8 May 2019
  • Stormy, Wild and Exciting

    Recent sightings from 22 to 28 April 2019

    Whilst things turned a bit wilder this week with storm Hannah making an appearance at the wetlands, those who braved the windy weather conditions were rewarded with some great sightings. This can also be said about the kids who went pond dipping despite of the rain and they were thrilled to see newts, water scorpions and sticklebacks to name but a few. The second week of the Easter…

    • 28 Apr 2019