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
A 6km network of re-surfaced paths around the Uskmouth reedbeds
allow access for all. There are benches approximately every
The paths are level with some gentle slopes and a ‘zig-zag’ ramp
to climb the 5 metres up to the raised reedbed levels.
Five of the reedbeds have viewing
screens across the deepwater channels and two reedbeds have raised
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
The reserve car park is on the West Nash road, just before the
entrance to the Uskmouth Power Station.
There is a regular bus
service from Newport to the visitor centre.
For more information contact
Traveline Cymru on 0871 2002233 or visit
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
The reserve hosts a full year-round programme of events.
Photo by Grafic House©
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or write to us
under the ‘Contact the team’ section on this website.