Sign up for a Summer of Fun! Free school visits!

An exciting new partnership between the RSPB and the supermarket chain Aldi will mean that nursery and primary schools can benefit from free, staff-led visits to our nature reserve during the summer term.

Let us help you bring learning to life through a range of hands-on activities and experiences including pond dipping, minibeast hunting and bird watching. Learning about life cycles or food chains? Nothing compares to actually seeing these things right in front of your eyes! Witness the journey of a caterpillar to a butterfly, a cygnet to a swan or a tadpole to a frog. Or, watch a Grey Heron stalking the sticklebacks that were dodging the dragonfly larva, that were tasting the tadpoles, which were picking at the pond weed for their lunch.

Explore and examine how a creature is adapted to a particular habitat. How does a diving beetle breathe? Why isn’t a ladybird camouflaged? Why does a Kestrel have a hooked beak? How many legs does a woodlouse have? So, how many pairs of shoes would it need?

Aldi are donating all revenue from the sale of their single use carrier bags to the RSPB, to help connect hundreds of thousands of children to nature across mainland UK.  This means that when you book a visit for your school to our nature reserve, your visit will be completely free of charge! Your only cost will be transport to and from the reserve.

Since it opened its first store in the UK in 1990, Aldi has always charged for carrier bags in an effort to reduce its environmental impact and encourage responsible use of resources by its customers. This new partnership means that the funds generated from the sale of these bags will help the RSPB to inspire the next generation about nature by providing them with first-hand experiences of wildlife.

To take advantage of this fantastic offer and get your class closer to nature with our fun, hands-on, curriculum linked activities, all you need to do is get in touch with us to book a date for your visit.

As this free offer is available to all schools we recommend you get in as quickly as possible in order to secure your place.

For more information:

Tel: 01633 636363

Email: newport-wetlands@rspb.org.uk

 

Recent Sightings 11/03/16 – 17/03/16

Avocet, Bearded reedling, Blackbird, Blackcap, Black-headed gull, Blue tit, Canada goose, Cetti's warbler, Chiffchaff, Coal tit, Coot, Cormorant, Curlew, Dunlin, Dunnock, Fieldfare, Gadwall,  Glossy Ibis, Goldcrest, Goldfinch, Great spotted woodpecker,  Great tit, Green woodpecker, Greenfinch, Greenshank,  Grey heron, Grey plover, Herring gull, House sparrow, Jay, Kestrel, Kingfisher, Knot, Lesser redpoll, Linnet, Little egret, Little grebe, Long-tailed tit, Magpie, Mallard, Marsh harrier, Moorhen, Mute swan, Oystercatcher, Peregrine, Pheasant, Pintail, Pochard, Raven, Redshank, Redwing, Reed bunting, Robin, Rook, Ruff, Sand martin, Shelduck,  Shoveler, Siskin, Snipe,  Sparrowhawk, Spotted redshank, Starling,  Stonechat, Treecreeper, Tufted duck,  Water rail, Wigeon,  Woodpigeon and Wren.

Recent Sightings 04/03/16 – 10/03/16

Avocet, Bar-headed goose, Bar-tailed godwit, Blackbird, Blackcap, Blue tit, Bullfinch, Buzzard, Canada goose, Carrion crow, Cetti's warbler, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Coot, Cormorant, Curlew, Dunlin, Dunnock, Fieldfare, Gadwall,  Goldcrest, Goldfinch, Great crested grebe, Great spotted woodpecker,  Great tit, Green woodpecker, Greenfinch, Greenshank, Grey heron, House sparrow, Kestrel, Kingfisher, Lapwing, Little egret, Little grebe, Long-tailed tit, Magpie, Mallard, Marsh harrier, Moorhen, Mute swan, Oystercatcher, Peregrine, Pheasant, Pied wagtail, Pochard, Raven, Redshank, Redwing, Reed bunting, Robin, Shelduck,  Shoveler, Siskin, Song thrush, Sparrowhawk, Starling,  Stonechat, Teal, Tufted duck,  Water rail, Wigeon,  Woodpigeon and Wren.

Please note that we take our recent sightings list from the visitor sightings board that anyone can contribute to. This is great as everyone can get involved, but obviously can lead to potential errors too as they aren’t always verified! We try to keep this list as accurate as possible but if you see something unusual feel free to comment here!

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