Newport Wetlands

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Newport Wetlands
The Visitors Centre at Newport Wetlands Centre.JPG
Wetlands visitor centre, West Nash, Newport
Type National nature reserve
Nearest city Newport, Wales
Coordinates 51°32′46″N 2°57′40″W / 51.546°N 2.961°W / 51.546; -2.961Coordinates: 51°32′46″N 2°57′40″W / 51.546°N 2.961°W / 51.546; -2.961
Area 437 hectares (1,080 acres)
Created 2000 (2000)
Operated by

Newport Wetlands is a wildlife reserve covering parts of Uskmouth, Nash and Goldcliff, in the south-east of the city of Newport, South Wales.


The reserve was first established in 2000 to mitigate losses of wildlife habitat when the Cardiff Bay Barrage scheme was undertaken.

The site is owned and managed by Natural Resources Wales, the successor body to the Countryside Council for Wales. A purpose-built visitor and education centre for the site was opened, in West Nash, in March 2008 by the RSPB with help from Newport City Council and water level management assistance by Caldicot and Wentloog Levels Internal Drainage Board.[1]

The reserve covers 437 hectares (1,080 acres)[2] of the Caldicot Level, a low lying area of land bordering the northern shore of the Severn Estuary. Part of the site is a reclaimed fuel ash disposal site, although some farmland in Goldcliff and Nash has also had to be flooded to complete the work.

The reserve was made a national nature reserve on 16 April 2008.[3]

Habitats and species[edit]

Newport Wetlands Reserve, showing a typical reen and a viewing platform

The reserve includes a wide variety of habitats which include grazed pasture with hedgerows, ditches, reens, reed beds and grasslands. These help to attract breeding birds such as Lapwings, Redshanks, Oystercatchers, Little Ringed Plovers and Ringed Plovers, as well as visitors such as Wigeon, Shovelers, Teal, Shelduck and Pintails, Bitterns, Hen Harriers and Short-eared Owls.

Im January 2012 two rarely seen Glossy Ibis were sighted near Boat Road at Goldcliff.[4]


East Usk lighthouse, near Perry Lane, West Nash, Newport

East Usk Lighthouse is within the area of the reserve. It is a basic lamphousing with no accommodation. The more substantial decommissioned West Usk Lighthouse, currently operating as a hotel, is on the opposite (west) bank of the River Usk and can be viewed from the reserve.

View of Severn Estuary from Newport Wetlands
View of the Severn Estuary from the sea-wall at Newport Wetlands



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