• 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
  • Large Numbers on the Move

    Recent sightings from 22 to 28 October 2018

    This week brought more sightings of birds of prey with Merlin, Marsh Harrier, Peregrine, Kestrel, Red kite, Buzzard and Sparrowhawk all being spotted. Noticeable were also huge flocks of Woodpigeons flying over the reserve, especially in the mornings. While big flocks have been recorded from several regions in the UK in the past, it still remains a mystery why they gather and…

    • 28 Oct 2018
  • Summer Is Not Over Just Yet

    Recent sightings from 15 to 21 October 2018

    The week not only brought plenty of sunshine, but also some birds that one would expect to be further on their journey to the south already. On Monday (some were even still around on Tuesday) Swallows passed through and there were around 20 Sand martins as well. One of the highlights of the week was a Black redstart which was spotted near the sea wall on Friday. Up to three…

    • 21 Oct 2018
  • Waders and Ducks to Brighten the Days

    Recent sightings from 01 to 14 October 2018

    October is there and the days are getting shorter. The month, however, started nicely and apart from the “usual suspects” such as Kingfisher, Curlew, Snipe and Shelduck, there was also one Bar-tailed godwit around for a few days. Amongst the plenty little birds that were flying around, there were lots of Stonechat as well as a Redstart and a Wheatear. A Hobby was still around…

    • 15 Oct 2018
  • Sunshine Triggers Activity

    Recent sightings from 24 to 30 September 2018

    With the weather being kind to us with plenty of sunshine around this week, the butterflies and the dragonflies were once more very active: Speckled wood, Red admiral, Comma, Hawkers and Darters. At the beginning of the week the Water rail entertained us right in front of the visitor centre with its unmistakable calls in the morning and the passerine migration was picking…

    • 30 Sep 2018
  • Blown Away (…And Into Newport)

    Recent sightings from 17 to 23 September 2018

    It has been a rather wet and windy week at the wetlands with storms Ali and Bronagh “visiting” Wales. The blustery conditions also made birdwatching quite tricky, but there were some really nice sightings. A hobby was still seen hanging around at Goldcliff and there were still a few swallows around as well before heading off south. The mudflats held a good number of Curlew…

    • 24 Sep 2018
  • Bittern Back on Board

    Recent sightings from 10 to 16 September 2018

    The wetlands still attract quite a number of waders with Curlew, Oystercatcher and Black-tailed godwit amongst the regulars. There has been a big flock of the latter of around 70 or 80 on Sunday. Another wader which is more regularly seen again now is the Snipe. Sometimes it can even be seen on the scrape out of our café window from where you can still see Teal, Grey heron…

    • 16 Sep 2018
  • Busy End of Summer Holidays

    Recent sightings from 27 August to 02 September 2018

    The warblers put on another good show: Reed warbler, Sedge Warbler and Cetti’s warbler could all be seen right in front of the visitor centre. The mudflats regularly held vast numbers of Shelduck, Curlew and Black-tailed godwits could be spotted there once again as well. Sightings of Snipe, Oystercatcher and Avocet rounded off another interesting week in regard to…

    • 3 Sep 2018
  • A Splash of Colour

    Recent sightings from 20 to 26 August 2018

    The scrape right in front of our café offered some really nice sightings this week. Quite often you could see a Grey heron and a Little egret fishing there at the same time (while eating your own lunch at the other side of the large glass window). Moreover, there have also been some Teal around for some time now which are easy to spot and there are still some little Moorhen…

    • 26 Aug 2018