Just a quick post to share with you some snaps I took at the RSPB-managed nature reserve at Newport Wetlands.
I spent a couple of hours down there earlier this week – it’s totally free to visit, and there are some really helpful staff in the visitor centre who are ready to equip you with maps and directions depending on how much time you have.
The reserve is the size of 80 rugby pitches (!) but there are are plenty of signs around to give you an idea of the kinds of birds to look for. We spotted swans, mallards, coots, and a variety of smaller birds – as well as lots of dragonflies.
The wetlands (as with all RSPB reserves) hold a variety of free events on over the summer. In fact, from the 1st – 4th August they have a ‘Family Fun in the Wild’ event on, where adults and kids can find out more about the birds on the reserve, watch them feed, and make some feeders to take home. There’s a cafe on site, too, should you fancy some light refreshment. It’s open every day, and offers some great panoramic views.
Sadly dogs aren’t allowed in the reserve itself, but there’s a great, 3km dog-walking route nearby, which we also wandered down, and that’s where we managed to spot (and photograph, with a zoom lens) this handsome looking buzzard!
If you fancy a couple of hours of fresh air this weekend, or if you have little ones to entertain over the summer, get down to the Newport Wetlands for a wander. It’s proper lush.
For more info, see: www.rspb.org.uk