Newport Wetlands National Nature Reserve

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.

Opening times, entry costs, facilities and directions

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Things to see

This site makes for a great family outing with coffee shop and visitor centre that offers guided walks and kid’s activities. Children can also hire explorer packs and go on a bug hunt!


Top species

Hairy Dragonfly

An unusually hairy dragonfly.

Flight period is March to July.

Females have yellow markings while males have blue and yellow markings.

Image by Dave Smallshire



Seasonal Highlights

Hairy Dragonflies are one of the first species on the wing in spring.

Migrant Hawkers appear later on in the summer.

By autumn Ruddy Darter are in flight.

Image by Andrew, flickr

Contact Information

RSPB Newport Wetlands
West Nash Road
NP18 2BZ

T: 01633 636363

Newport Wetlands National Nature Reserve