Home Articles Mark's Argus Column 2nd July 2011 - Newport Wetlands Open Day
2nd July 2011 - Newport Wetlands Open Day PDF Print E-mail

Make sure you don't miss the open day at Newport Wetlands Reserve next Sunday, 10th July.

It's only just over ten years since the reserve opened, but it has already developed into a vitally important habitat for local wildlife. It's proving to be a real magnet for a wide range of birds including avocet and bearded tit, birds that weren't even found in South Wales until a few years ago. The reserve is proving to be very popular with birds, and I'm sure they won't mind you visiting (I know that the wardens will be delighted to see you) - but please leave your dog at home.

There will be guided walks, childrens activities, refreshments and a host of stalls from local groups at this FREE event which is open between 11am and 4pm. There is even a FREE open top bus service laid on (departs Newport Bus Station at 10.30 and 1.30, returning at 2pm and 4pm).  

If you would like any more details about this or any other event at Newport Wetlands ring 01633 636363.

Avocet Bearded Tit

Sand Martin Update

Readers might remember that I wrote a little while ago about the man made nesting bank erected for sand martins at the Afon Llwydd in Llanyravon. I visited this spot the other day and was really pleased to see  a thriving colony of these superb little birds. I've been reliably informed that 18 nest holes were used by the martins to raise their first brood and that many birds are now busy raising another nest full of young. They really are a wonderful sight and I urge anyone in the area to pop along and see them.

Whilst I'm on the subject of martins, it seems to me that 2011 hasn't been a good year for house martins. There are only 2 pairs  nesting along my street (compared to 13 pairs a few years ago) and for the first time since 2001 I've not enjoyed them nesting under my eaves.

Birdwatching Walks

Gwent Ornithological Society's programme of guided birdwatching walks continues on Saturday 16th July when Stephanie Tyler will be leading a walk along the River Monnow, hoping to encounter species such as grey wagtail, dipper, sand martin and kingfisher. This 3 – 4 hour walk starts at 8am from the entrance to Llangua Church (about 1 km before the Llangua Bridge traffic lights on the A465 Abergavenny to Hereford road SO 390 257).

There is no need to book places on this walk, just turn up - New faces (especially Argus readers) are always welcome at GOS events.

Walkers should remember to bring suitable clothing (boots essential), food and drink – and binoculars if you have them.   

For more information visit www.gwentbirds.org.uk or give me a call on the number below. Likewise, if you want me to send you a copy of GOS's programme of walks and talks, just let me know.

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