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.


Neville Davies

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sat 14th Jan 2023

Main sighting: Barn owl

The 3 dead mute swans I reported over a week ago on the NRW line are still there with wildfowl amongst them, corvids feeding on them. En-route to hides – crows, 1 rook, blackbirds, song thrush, woodpigeons, house sparrows, gt spotted woodpecker, chaffinch, and a buzzard and heron in the first field. Hide 1 – plenty of activity with a pair of marsh harriers (females) hunting, 192 teal, 27 shoveler, 3 snipe, 115 wigeon, 52 lapwing, Canada geese, skylarks and 3 dunlin. Hide 2 – male kestrel calling, approx 500 starlings in the wet field amongst the sheep, magpies, moorhens, herring and black headed gulls, 2 common gulls over, raven, and a barn owl at 1050hrs hunting along the fence from hide 1 right up to the top corner, caught a rodent then flew in a straight line back beyond hide 1 and out of sight.

Allan Dowson


Fri 13th Jan 2023

Main sighting: Marsh Harrier

Highlights of a morning visit to a very windy Goldcliff was 2-Marsh Harriers together and one of them later being mobbed by a Peregrine.Also a large flock of Starlings,400+,good numbers of Wigeon and Lapwings.

John O'Sullivan

Outfall Lane

Wed 11th Jan 2023

Main sighting: Seabirds

Watched for a couple of hours yesterday and today.
Yesterday the highlight was a distant Red Throated Diver down channel, this morning 9-11:30; 3 single Juv Kittiwake DC (1 close), an adult Little Gull dip feeding amongst Black Headed Gull and 2 Whooper Swan some way offshore heading DC. A 4th Juv Kittiwake came off the coarse fishing lake and headed across fields in the direction of Peterstone.

Lorraine North


Mon 9th Jan 2023

Main sighting: Rooks

Several pairs

Nicholas Beswick

Garn Lakes

Sun 8th Jan 2023

Main sighting: Kingfisher

Two Kingfishers this morning – one on the top lake and one on the school pond. A Dipper on the top lake, displaced from its usual home by high water levels and another on the channel below the Whistle Inn bridge. Just two Goosanders. Flock of five Bullfinches at Whistle Road car park. Flock of some fifty Woodpigeons over.

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.

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