• Her Natur Dinas 2021 – Cymerwch ran!

    Mae Her Natur Dinas yn ddigwyddiad byd-eang sy’n dathlu grym iachau bod allan ym myd natur, drwy chwilio am fioamrywiaeth leol a’i chofnodi. Eleni, mae pethau’n cael eu gwneud ychydig yn wahanol ac rydym yn cydweithio â nifer o bartneriaid prosiect i annog pobl i gymryd rhan a dechrau cofnodi beth sydd yn eu hardal leol.  Mae’r digwyddiad yn cael ei gynnal rhwng 30 Ebrill a 3 Mai, gyda phob diwrnod…

    • 20 Apr 2021
  • City Nature Challenge 2021 - Get involved!

    City Nature Challenge is a global event that celebrates the healing power of being out in nature by searching for and documenting local biodiversity. This year, things are being done a little differently and we are collaborating with a number of project partners to encourage people to get involved and start recording what is in their local area.  The event runs from the 30th April – 3rd May, with each day focusing…

    • 20 Apr 2021
  • Signs of Spring

    We may be in the midst of a blisteringly cold wintry spell but spring is just around the corner and there are already early signs appearing all around us. With the reserve still closed to all but those within walking distance, we can enjoy the signs of spring on our daily walks with just a little reflection of springtime at the wetlands.

     Snow drops have appeared quite early this year, in large numbers along the hedgerows…

    • 12 Feb 2021
  • Newport Wetland's Team #BigGardenBirdWatch

    'Recent Sightings' from 29th to 31st January

    Wow, what a fabulous weekend for birdwatching, this year's Big Garden Birdwatch has been a real success. Lockdown restrictions have meant many of us spending more time than ever in or looking at our gardens. More people are turning to garden birdwatching and this connection with nature can only be a good thing. The submissions are still coming in but 2021 could be…

    • 2 Feb 2021
  • Wonderful Wetlands

    Photo - Reedbeds in the breeze (Tracey Dunford)

    With all the recent rainfall, flooding and soggy ground, we may be forgiven for assuming the UK has plenty of wetland habitat. On the contrary flooding is one of the direct outcomes of the loss of good quality wetlands areas.

    Why are Wetlands so special?

    These areas can take many different forms, including upland peat bog, lowland meadow grassland and the familiar coastal…

    • 2 Feb 2021
  • Countdown to the Big Garden Birdwatch 2021.... What will you see?

     

    There is just over a week to go it is already looking set to be a very big year for the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch. Last year close to half a million people contributed to what has become extremely important dataset. The 42nd year is gearing up to the biggest for the largest wildlife survey in the world. Over the past year there has been a surge in interest in nature, and more than ever before, we've seen how important…

    • 19 Jan 2021
  • Masters of Murmurations

    Photo: Starling murmuration at Newport Wetlands, Sarah Parmor

    The starlings’ magnificent roosting spectacle is one of the great wildlife highlights at Newport Wetlands. November and December are the best months to view this fabulous aerial display when flocks of around 50k birds will come to roost in the reedbeds. Unfortunately we were unable to feature any starlings events in 2020 due to Covid-19 restrictions but let…

    • 11 Jan 2021
  • Christmas presents before the lockdown

    Recent sightings from 14 to 19 December 2020

    This week brought the one or the other early present before the level 4 lockdown restrictions came into force on Sunday 20th December. The starlings continued to show up in good numbers for the murmurations. In previous years we have seen numbers dwindle from the middle of December but there hasn’t been any sign of this so far. Once again, the wading birds competed with the…

    • 19 Dec 2020
  • Festival of wading birds

    Recent sightings from 07 to 13 December 2020

    Wading birds put on a really good show this week, both in terms of quantity of species and individuals. Over a thousand dunlins were joined by at least two hundred black-tailed godwits and curlews. Redshanks and grey plovers were around in good numbers and knots, lapwings and a few oystercatchers joined the party. Especially when spooked by the incoming tide or by a predator…

    • 13 Dec 2020
  • Some early presents

    Recent sightings from 30 November to 06 December 2020

    December has begun and Christmas is just around the corner. The starlings certainly had the one or the other present in store when they once again delighted visitors with their magnificent murmurations this week. Up to around 50,000 were painting the sky with swirling formations that every snow globe would be proud of. Bullfinches were heard on a daily basis along…

    • 7 Dec 2020
  • The beauty of flocks

    Recent sightings from 23 to 29 November 2020

    It was the first proper autumn week this year with temperatures plummeting and with frost on some mornings. Whilst we can hide under a warm blanket and make things a bit more pleasant and cosy for ourselves, wildlife doesn’t have this privilege. No wonder that the one or the other songbird seemed a bit bigger than usual with them being puffed up. There were less fieldfares…

    • 30 Nov 2020
  • 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