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What to spot

1

Dunraven Bay / Glamorgan Heritage Coast

Honeycomb Worms, Anemones, Snails, Shore Crabs, Sea Lettuce


2

Bute Park, Cardiff

Salmon, Kingfishers, Grey Herons, Bats, River, Woodland


3

Newport Wetlands

Starlings, Bitterns, Curlews, Redshanks, Dunlins, Oystercatchers


4

Queen Street, Cardiff

Pied Wagtails


5

Llanishen Reservoir

Colourful Waxcap Fungi


6

Magor Marsh

Crows, Jackdaws, Rooks, Egrets, Garganey, Teal, Shovelers, Gadwalls


7

Wye Valley Forest

Woodland, Autumnal Colours


8

Bryngarw Country Park

Woodland, Wetlands, Buzzards, Kingfishers, Dippers, Woodpeckers, Jays, Herons


9

Cosmeston Lakes Country Park

Teal, Tufted Ducks, Pochards, Shovelers, Bitterns, Redwings, Fieldfares, Waxwings, Ponds, Lakes, Woodland


10

Lavernock Point and Nature Reserve

Redwings, Fieldfares, Finches, Waxwings


Fun facts

  • The Severn Estuary, adjacent to Newport Wetlands, is an internationally important feeding station for over 60,000 birds en route to or from Siberia and Africa. They are attracted by the mudflat cafe where one square metre of mud contains hundreds of thousands of living organisms.
  • The Honeycomb reefs at Dunraven Bay are made by honeycomb worms. Honeycomb worm larvae drift around in seawater and could settle anywhere to grow. However, passing larvae are drawn to settle by the presence of existing worm colonies helping to ensure that the reef continues to grow.
  • Waxcaps have been described as the orchids of the fungi world and come in a wide array of colours. They are characteristic of old, unimproved grasslands which are a declining habitat, making many Waxcap species of conservation concern.
  • Magor Marsh is home to one of the largest winter roosts in Wales as thousands of Crows, Jackdaws and Rooks gather to roost overnight.
  • Lavernock Point and the dramatic, picturesque, Lavernock nature reserve is a great place to look for migrating birds in autumn and seawatch in the winter. It was at Lavernock point that Marconi sent the first radio messages across open sea in Morse code.
  • Melincourt Waterfalls Reserve's spectacular 80ft (24m) high waterfall on a tributary of the Neath River was painted by Turner in 1794.
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