What better way to spend a spare afternoon than visiting this remarkable nature reserve where you can come face to face with some wonderful rare birds, as well as learning the ropes to becoming a twitcher?
Wetlands are wonderful places for a winter’s walk. Not only are they great for getting away from it all, they also play host to some amazing wildlife spectacles.
Newport is one of the RSPB’s ‘Top 10’ family reserves so there’s something for everyone, including a café, shop and children’s play area. There are also four, easy-to-follow walking routes, all of which are accessible to wheelchairs and buggies.
The ‘Wetlands Experience’ trail makes a four-mile lap of the area, taking you through woodland, around the largest reedbeds in Wales and alongside acres of saltmarsh. Enjoy stunning views across the Severn Estuary and look out too for the East Usk Lighthouse, built in 1893 but still guiding ships safely into port today.
Newport Wetlands also holds regular events for birdwatchers, including several for beginners, such as Birdwatching for Beginners Guided Walk (28 January) and Waders for Beginners Walk (14 February). Sling on a pair of binoculars, and you might get a glimpse at some special species, such Canada goose, bittern, Cetti’s warbler, curlew, goldfinch, great tit, peregrine and much, much more.