On the east bank of the Conwy estuary, there is a wetland area which was created in the early 1990s from materials removed from the estuary during the construction of the nearby A55 expressway road tunnel. The RSPB has shaped this to create circular walks that take you through all manner of habitats, including reedbeds, fresh woodlands, grasslands and shrubs. There are two lagoons in the reserve, in which islands have been created especially for roosting, and nesting birds. Other areas of the reserve are mudflats, and saltmarshes – there is a part of the Afon Conwy SSSI – an important spot for migratory waders which includes the likes of curlew, oystercatcher and redshank.
Take some time out of your day to stroll along a boardwalk, through a reed bed to the sounds of reed warblers in the summertime, and sights of starlings massing in the winter – before roosting in the reeds. Look across two lagoons, – one with shallow water and the other which is much deeper, attracts waders and waterbirds.
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