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Newport WetlandsWales is of course well known for it's historic castles and stunning countryside.  But did you also know that there are two very important coastal nature reserves along the south coast that are of international importance.

First up is the Newport Wetlands.  The reserve offers a haven for wildlife on the edge of the city, but is a great place for people too with a new RSPB visitor centre, a café, shop and children's play area.

Cetti's warblers and bearded tits can be seen and heard in the reedbeds, and ducks, geese and swans visit the reserve in large numbers during the winter. You'll enjoy spectacular views of the Severn estuary all year round.

Further along the coast is the Kenfig National Nature Reserve.  Set on in a beautiful area, with spectacular views from Sker beach across Swansea Bay to the Gower.  It is one of the finest Wildlife habitats in Wales and one of the last remnants of a huge sand dune system that once stretched along the coast of Southern Wales.  The reserve is home to unique wild orchids, as well as insects and wildlife.  Kenfig is one of the most important sites in Britain for nature conservation.

Stroll along the boardwalk and stop at one of the bird hides overlooking the 70-acre freshwater pool, a favourite refuge for wildfowl at all times of the year.  Wardens are often on site to answer any queries you may have.

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