• 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
  • Waders Well Worth Waiting For

    Recent sightings from 13 to 19 August 2018

    It has gone a bit quiet in the reed beds with all the reed specialists having finished their breeding business. The warblers, reed buntings and bearded reedlings are still around, but can be even trickier to find than usual. However, it has become really lively on the mudflats recently. If you come at the right time of the day (that is when the tide isn’t high), you might well…

    • 19 Aug 2018
  • Hiding in the Reeds

    Bearded Reedling Guided Walk – Wednesday 20 June 2018

    Bearded reedlings are a bit like people – they like warm, sunny weather that’s still.  Starting out at 07:30 on a day that was cold, damp, breezy and threatening rain from the west wasn’t ideal but it did offer the best chance of a sighting. We might have caught a glimpse of one beardy in flight just above the reeds, but it was hard to be certain.…

    • 24 Jun 2018
  • New Life All Around

    Recent sightings from 30 May to 04 June 2018

    There has been a real baby boom as of late and especially the young ones of our waterfowl are very popular with our visitors and staff alike. Some of our moorhens have up to 6 chicks and also the little grebe on the scrape can be spotted from our café feeding its 2 remaining chicks. There are several Canada goose families around with up to 4 goslings and pochard and mute swans…

    • 23 Jun 2018
  • Bittern sightings are booming!

    Recent sightings from 26 to 29 May 2018

    The bittern delighted staff and visitors alike with many sightings in the last few days. It was regularly seen flying from one end of the reserve to the other. Always a fantastic experience to get a close view of this great and usually quite elusive bird! Another very elusive species and a favourite of many of our visitors, the bearded readling, has also been spotted regularly…

    • 29 May 2018
  • Spring Has Sprung!

    Yes – it’s official! Spring is most definitely on its way according to the recent sightings this week at Newport Wetlands.  In 2015 & 2016 the cuckoo arrived on 19 April and the following year it was a day earlier, first sighted on 18 April.  So we have all been waiting to see when it would arrive this year.  Despite everything else being late the cuckoo was sighted today, arriving a little earlier than anticipated…

    • 15 Apr 2018