Hmmm, a wetlands reserve, created from an old industrial site, on the edge of a large conurbation? Don't I know somewhere else like that?
Not with the kind of support that this place has. Just look at those logos. Local and national government funding, support from the national environmental body and run by a national conservation organisation. I could weep.
Rant over, it's not Newport's fault.
The investment and infrastructure have produced a large reedbed (10% of this type of habitat in Wales) and a fantastic visitor centre, with cafe, shop and function rooms. The place was teeming with visitors, and not just wildlife enthusiasts. Being close to the city of Newport, it seemed that plenty of folk just wanted somewhere pleasant to walk, and as there was also provision for cycling and dog walking around the perimeter path, it felt very inclusive.
There was certainly loads of wildlife, so no worries on that score.
|Then and now
|View from the hide at the eastern edge of the reserve
|A very old lady. Female Common Hawker, Aeshna juncea
|Up close and personal with a Mute Swan, Cygnus olor
|They even had a... Rail way! (sorry)
|This was a first for Our Lass, brief views of a Bearded Reedling
|Taxonomic nightmare, though. Panurus biarmicus?
|Little Grebe, Tachybaptus ruficollis, seen from the path!
|Female Stonechat, Saxicola torquata
Wonderful weather, wonderful wildlife.