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Orchid and flora guided walk at Newport Wetlands

At Newport Wetlands we have a beautiful array of orchids. Come along on our relaxing guided walk where we will show you the best places to spot and identify our wetland species. There are 5 to find! If we’re lucky, we will find our star species, the Bee Orchid!

Our grassy verges are bursting with other species of flora as well. Learn what our pollinators love and see some of the array of wildflowers we have here. Newport Wetlands Is a haven for wildflowers that begin to bloom at the start of spring, they’re an essential part of the UK landscape that’s sadly diminishing every year. For example, since the 1930s, the UK has lost 97% of our wildflower meadows. Wildflowers are a vital source of food for insects and birds, great for biodiversity, help with defence against flooding with their fantastic root systems and can help fight diseases. Native wildflowers have long been used for their healing properties and can contain compounds which have made a significant contribution to modern medicine. But, beware the plants that are poisonous!

Our walk will take in some of the best spots for the wildflowers and Orchids we see here at Newport Wetlands. The walk will be a slower pace and will include some standing around. The walk will last roughly 2 hours."

Accessibility All paths at Newport are fully accessible. We have mobility equipment free to hire including electric scooters and manual wheelchairs. For more information on accessibility at Newport Wetlands please see https://www.rspb.org.uk/globalassets/downloads/documents/reserves/newport-wetlands-gwent/accessstatementfornewportwetlandsenvironmentaleducationandvisitorcentre-dec-2022.pdf Please contact us before booking if you have any questions about the accessibility of the event.  

Are there minimum age requirements to enter the event? The minimum age requirement for this event is … All children under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.  

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 can 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. The reserve is very exposed to the sun, especially during the summer months, please remember to wear sun cream a hat and bring plenty of water. 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 registered assistance dogs please.

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