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.
Looks well worth a visit.
Congratulations with the Bearded Reedling; lovely little birds.
wetlands are wonderlands...thanks for sharing so many of the birds...lovely post...
and yes...the birds deserve preserves
I can heartily recommend it. And we'll probably drop in again if we're on the way to the Gower or west Wales.
I have to agree with you, Jeannette. Even though I was raised on hedgerows, fields and woodlands, large water bodies and their surroundings are fantastically biodiverse.
Reedling indeed, whats wrong with good old fashioned tit?
Presumably the lack of genes for the essentially qualities of the genus Parus?
Weeell, you may be correct, but, the RSPB still call them Bearded Tits and include them as part of the Tit family on their website. Besides which, how can we do all the cheap Bill Oddie and Rory McGrath jokes, if they are Reedlings?
Bearded Tit! What a cracking book. Had me crying with laughter, blubbing with sadness and cr-aughing with joy!
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