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Newport Wetlands

Newport Wetlands lies on the south-eastern edge of the City of Newport along the northern shore of the Severn Estuary. This reserve has extensive areas of lowland wet grassland, reedbeds, saltmarsh and saline lagoons. It is one of the best sites to see wild birds in Wales. This new wildlife reserve (opened in March 2000), on part of the tranquil Gwent Levels, was created as part of the compensation for the loss of the Taf/Ely Estuary SSSI mudflats of Cardiff Bay.

Its long list of protective designations – SPA, RAMSAR, SAC and three SSSIs – reflect the importance of the reserve both in itself and for the wildlife it sustains:
Ditches – Gwent Levels: Nash and Goldcliff SSSI, Gwent Levels: Whitson SSSI, Foreshore – Severn Estuary SSSI, SPA, RAMSAR, SAC

Grid Ref: ST351826    Area: 865.72 hectares


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A 6km network of re-surfaced paths around the Uskmouth reedbeds allow access for all. There are benches approximately every 100m.

The paths are level with some gentle slopes and a ‘zig-zag’ ramp to climb the 5 metres up to the raised reedbed levels.

wetlandsPhoto ©CCW

reedbedsPhoto ©CCW









Five of the reedbeds have viewing screens across the deepwater channels and two reedbeds have raised viewing platforms.

A floating pontoon also forms a direct route to the East Usk Lighthouse.

How to get there

From M4 Junction 24 or 28 take the A48 to Newport Retail Park then follow the 'Brown Duck' signs to the Newport Wetlands Reserve car park.

The reserve car park is on the West Nash road, just before the entrance to the Uskmouth Power Station.

Public Transport
There is a regular bus service from Newport to the visitor centre.

wetlandsPhoto ©CCW








For more information contact Traveline Cymru on 0871 2002233 or visit www.traveline-cymru.org.uk


There is a car park with 40 to 50 spaces and 6 marked disabled bays and is open 8.30am to 5.30pm all year round.

A new Environmental Education and Visitor Centre (180 metres from the car park), owned by the RSPB, is open (free of charge) from 9am until 5pm, seven days a week.

The centre includes space for group and family activities, conference facilities, a large retail area and a Fairtrade/organic coffee shop. There are toilet facilities including disabled toilets.

The reserve hosts a full year-round programme of events.


swanPhoto by Grafic House©

Who looks after it

CCW manages the reserve in partnership with Newport City Council, RSPB and others.

Contact RSPB Newport Wetland Visitor and Education Centre on 01633 636363 or Newport City Council on 01633 656656.

You can also contact CCW’s Southern Team via our enquiries helpline, 0845 1306229, e-mail, enquiries@ccw.gov.uk or write to us under the ‘Contact the team’ section on this website.

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