Please do not post reports of nesting birds or sightings of rare or Schedule 1 breeders. Sightings which might lead to disturbance will be removed.


tony & jan jenkins

Newport Wetlands

Sun 8th Jan 2023

Main sighting: Marsh Harriers

Good views of Male & Female @ 1600 hrs from the Red Barn hide, both settling to roost in thick scrub near the embankment.

tony & Jan Jenkins

River Monnow

Sat 7th Jan 2023

Main sighting: Little Egret

Single egret on bank of Monnow @ 2 miles south of Pontrilas

David Adams

Monnow Bridge, Monmouth

Sat 7th Jan 2023

Main sighting: Little Grebe

There was a Little Grebe diving amongst the bank vegetation just above the old Monnow Bridge this morning, about 1100, amongst the Mallard. Male Tufted Duck still there too.

tony & jan jenkins


Sat 7th Jan 2023

Main sighting: Red Kite

Two Red Kites over Devauden at 1400 hrs heading east over woods.

Allan Dowson

wetlands Uskmouth

Fri 6th Jan 2023

Main sighting: Garganey

Probable female Garganey seen from the hide at Uskmouth.Photograph on gwent birders facebook.

John Lewis

River Usk at Gobion.

Thu 5th Jan 2023

Main sighting: Green Sandpiper.

23 species including 1Stock Dove, 1Green Sandpiper, 1Grey Heron, 10 Little Egret, 2 Red Kite, 1Buzzard, 3 Rook, 40 Jackdaw, 6 Mistle Thrush, 6 Redwing, 19 Fieldfare, 1Grey Wagtail.

Kevin Dupé

Goldcliff Lagoons, Newport Wetlands NNR

Thu 5th Jan 2023

Main sighting: Dead swans

We have been informed today by an RSBP volunteer that three dead swans have been found at Goldcliff Lagoons, Newport Wetlands NNR. This is the second occurrence in the last 4 months.
DEFRA has been informed and will make an assessment if they will attend and remove the potentially affected birds for testing. This could take up to four days. If we have not received anything from DEFRA by Monday morning, it will be NRW’s responsibility to have the dead birds removed.
One dead swan is on the island of Monk’s Lagoons, one is partly hidden in reeds at the lagoon edge and one is in reeds/water between Monk’s and Prior’s. Please report any other dead swans or birds direct to DEFRA at:

and also to NRW incident line:
0300 065 3000 24 hours a day or online at –

Signage is already in place on site advising those in the area.

John Evans

Newport Docks

Tue 3rd Jan 2023

Main sighting: Black Redstart

One on private ABP property near South Dock.

John Clark

SO 082215 (Nantllanerch, Cwm Banw)

Mon 2nd Jan 2023

Main sighting: Twite

There was a single twite perched on the ground as we crossed the meadow, just above the footbridge just above the small river (Clydach). We had just passed the isolated house (Nantllanerch). The bird may not have been very healthy – we could walk up to it without it flying away.

tony & Jan Jenkins

Newport Wetlands

Mon 2nd Jan 2023

Main sighting: Lapwing & Starlings

Viewing from Goldcliff towards the reserve 1530 – 1630 hrs, 2 marsh harriers hunting at dusk but spectacular numbers of starlings over the reserve, 2 murmerations, probably in excess of 10,000 birds, also belated report from New Years day of 2,000 lapwing west of reserve.

tony & jan jenkins

Newport Wetlands

Sun 1st Jan 2023

Main sighting: Short eared owl

1400 – 1500 hrs, Viewing west from the Goldcliff seawall to the wetlands, I spotted a juvenile marsh harrier quartering near Saltmarsh lane, then Jan spotted a large bird resting on the field @ 200 metres south of the Red Barn hide, as soon as we scoped it, we were amazed to have a short eared owl, it took flight after 15 mins and disappeared towards the woodland.. Great start to the new year.

Adrian & Charlotte Edwards

Peterstone Gout and Seawall

Sun 1st Jan 2023

Main sighting: Spoonbill

Spoonbill still there towards Peterstone church (salt marshes), with 3 little egrets and GBBG. Large numbers of teal, shelduck, wigeon, mallard, shovelers, redshank, oystercatchers on the tide, also a few pintail, 2 snipe out at the edge of tide, few curlew, dunlin, and bullfinch in hedgerow. Good start to list 23!

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