Good places to see dragonflies in Wales - Newport

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10 - Great Traston Meadows (formerly known as Solutia Meadows SSSI) (Newport)

11 - Allt-yr-Yn Local Nature Reserve, Gwent (Newport)

12 - Newport Wetlands National Nature Reserve (Newport)

 

10 - Great Traston Meadows (formerly known as Solutia Meadows SSSI) (Newport)

Gwent Wildlife TrustGreat Traston Meadows Rob Waller
Photo credit: Rob Waller
This is a grazing marsh with several reens (ditches) that have been opened up.  As well as dragonflies, the reserve is also home to otters, southern marsh orchids and several bird species. 
 
The reserve is open all year and accessible to the public with a circular walk which takes about 30 minutes to complete.  The entrance of the reserve is on Nash Road, in Newport, South Wales.  When you have driven past Pye Corner (on your left), follow Nash road looking out for a white house on your right called Fair Orchard. Drive on a bit further around the bend and the reserve entrance is a wooden gate on the right. There is limited parking to the side of the gate to the reserve. The Wales Coastal path also runs through the reserve should you wish to walk to the site.  
 
Grid reference: ST 346 843.  Nearest postcode: NP18 2BW.

11 - Allt-yr-Yn Local Nature Reserve, (Newport)

Gwent Wildlife Trust and Newport City Council
Photo credit: David KitchingFemale Broad-bodied Chaser
This site has several different habitats including a series of ponds.  It is also next to the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal.  The site name translates to ‘slope of the ash trees’.  As well as dragonflies, this site is good for meadow flowers, butterflies and birds.  The reserve is managed by Gwent Wildlife Trust and Newport City Council.
 
The reserve is in the Allt-yr-Yn area of Newport, from Ridgeway Avenue, turn left onto Allt-yr-Yn View, follow the road for 500m and turn sharp left onto a rough track towards Grove Farm.  The reserve entrance is a short distance along the track, there is a small area for car parking outside the reserve.
 
Grid reference: ST 296 889.  Nearest postcode: NP20 5EF.

12 - Newport Wetlands National Nature Reserve (Newport)

Natural Resources Wales / RSPB / Newport City Council
Photo credit: NRWNewport Wetlands NRW
This reserve is owned and managed by NRW in partnership with RSPB and Newport City Council.  As well as being a haven for birds, this is a great place to spot dragonflies.  It has great facilities for visitors.  There have been 18 species of dragonfly and damselfly seen on the site and it is a good place to see Hairy Dragonfly, Migrant Hawker, Southern Hawker, Emperor, Ruddy Darter and Black-tailed Skimmer.
 
The reserve is south east of Newport on the Severn estuary.  It is a partnership between NRW, the RSPB and Newport City Council.  There is a visitor centre run by the RSPB, coffee shop, toilets and a car park.  The car park is open every day from 08.30 until 5.30pm.  The Visitor Centre opens every day, except Christmas Day, from 9am until 5pm and the coffee shop is open from 10am until 4pm.
 Entrance and car parking are free.  There are a number of nature trails with wheelchair and pushchair access.
 
Grid reference: ST 334 834.  Nearest postcode:  NP18 2BZ.