Tuesday 3 May 2016
Newport to Caldicot, Monmouthshire
Oli and Laura’s house, Cardiff
Oliver kindly dropped me off just on the outskirts of Newport, by the power station. It was early.
Just past the power station was Newport Wetlands Reserve and I walked through it early in the morning all on my own.
It was a lovely place; reedbeds in old lagoons that were once used to dump coal ash from the power station. It was beautiful and peaceful. I heard the boom of a bittern and saw a bearded tit.
The Reserve stretched quite a long way and along the bank of the estuary. I had to walk inland to Goldcliff in order to get around Chapel Pill and then I walked past the Goldcliff Lagoons. I stopped at one of the bird hides and found a ranger inside. We got chatting as we watched the waders and he lent me his telescope. He was watching for crows and buzzards because last year these predators killed all the avocet, lapwing and redshank chicks. I helped look for crows and, when two appeared, the ranger got out his laser to annoy the crows and cause them to fly off.
I made it back onto the sea wall and it wasn’t long before I got my first glimpse of the new Severn Bridge.
Nearly there, nearly made it around Wales. First I had to cross the M4 a couple of times and get the train back to Cardiff from Caldicot.