Newton Marsh

Newton Marsh, great for Wigeon, Shoveler & Teal in the winter months and numerous Black tailed Godwits in Spring, a few pairs of which even breed at the site. Given there are less than fifty pairs breeding in all of the UK these birds are a target for egg collectors, the nesting Newton Marsh Godwits are therefore provided with round the clock protection by the RSPB & volunteers, who safeguard these birds from such risks. House Martins & Swallows are constantly skimming the shallow freshwater pools here & gather mud from the banks. Newton Marsh has provided me with my best ever views of Little Ringed Plover. The North Westís resident Glossy Ibis occasionally stops off to feed here, as do numerous Herons and Little Grebes.

The pools here are best viewed from your car, which you can park on the grass verge next to the wire fence. Any flushed birds usually return as long as you remain in your car. For me Newton Marsh tends to be a lunchtime location to visit when working in the area, as itís an ideal pie stop, I park up on the verge, munch on a pie & see whatís about on the marsh, what better way to spend a lunch break.


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