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Hire A Guide at RSPB Newport Wetlands

Hire A Guide for a unique and exclusive tour of Newport Wetlands, tailored to your interests!

Our bespoke service offers up to 5 guests the opportunity to explore the nature reserve with a knowledgeable guide for 1 and 1/2 hours. We can tailor the tour to your interests, so you can experience the reserve at your pace. Perfect for families, small groups, wheelchair users/people with limited mobility (you can hire a mobility scooter too) and anyone wanting an insight into the unique wildlife and history of Newport Wetlands.

We can provide walks on the following themes, but if you have an idea, please ask:

Hire A Guide tickets are valid for 1 year from the purchase date and the walk must be completed within that time period. To book your Hire A Guide experience, please email at least 2 weeks in advance of your requested visit date.

If you are a group larger than 5 and interested in a private guided walk, please email us at and we can organise you a group booking.

What else is there to do at Newport Wetlands? Our shop is open 10am-4:30pm and the café is open 10am-4pm. You can hire binoculars from our shop and receive the price off a brand-new pair if you buy the same day. We have a car park that is free for RSPB members and £4 per car for non-members for the day.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? Please bring either printed or electronic proof of your ticket. If you booked as an RSPB member, that member needs to bring their membership card with them.

What do I need to bring? Dress appropriately for the weather and condition, including sturdy footwear. Please expect some standing about so dress in warm layers as it can be very cold out on the reserve. Wet weather gear should be brought just in case. Insect repellent is recommended Bring your binoculars, scope or camera if you have them to help you get a closer look at the wildlife we might see. You may wish to bring a drink and/or snack.  

Can I bring my dog? No dogs, except assistance dogs please.  

How can I contact the organiser with any questions? If you have any unanswered questions, please email us at  

What's the refund policy?  If unforeseen circumstances cause RSPB Newport Wetlands to cancel an event, all ticket holders will be informed, and a full refund will be issued. Attendees can receive refunds up to 7 days before the event start date. Refunds are subject to an administration fee. We do not offer refunds for cancellations made within 7 days of the event. For full terms and conditions click here:   IMPORTANT: We respect your privacy and will not sell your personal data to any third party.  Any personal data you provide here is collected and used only for the purposes of booking this event. Your details will only be used by this event's RSPB co-ordinator and will not be shared with anyone else.

How do I book?

Once you have bought a Hire A Guide ticket, please email  to request a visit date and topic you would like the walk to include. Please include your name and booking reference - generated when you purchased your ticket. Please provide valid phone numbers and e-mail as your visit confirmation will be sent via e-mail. We need a valid phone number (landline and mobile) in case we need to get hold of you urgently to update you with changes/cancellation. Thank you for your co-operation.

What have customers said about our Hire A Guide expeirences

It was great to meet you yesterday and to visit Newport Wetlands. What a wonderful place! I had a super day, and learned so much about the reserve and it's wildlife from my guided walk with Rob. Thank you for arranging this, and please pass on my thanks again to Rob for showing me birds and habitats I just don't get to see in deepest Shropshire! The dunlins performing their "waves" just above the shore; the water rail, Cetti's warbler and bearded tits who all called their presence, the arrival of the marsh harrier, and the close-up kingfisher were my highlights, but I enjoyed every moment of my visit. 

I just wanted to say what a great experience myself and my partner had with our Hire a Guide, Jeremy. He was very knowledgeable about the reserve, its history and the different habitats, and time passed so quickly during the afternoon. It was incredible when Jeremy counted up the number of different species, we had seen during our time with him - 26! There was only my partner and myself, but I think it was great value for money - even more so if the group is 4 or 5 people as allowed. I would thoroughly recommend everyone to use the Hire a Guide service to get the best out of visiting the reserve.

We had a great time yesterday. Our very knowledgeable guide, Alun, gave up a lot of time to give us valuable tips for identifying waders as well as pointing out other birds and information about the site reclamation. With the waders particularly we now know the benefit of waiting for the birds to come closer as the tide comes in and also moving around to view them in better light conditions. We’ll be back to put our new knowledge into practice and also just to see the lovely displays as those waders whirl around! 

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