About RSPB Valley Wetlands
The Valley Wetlands, formerly known as Valley Lakes is a wonderful nature reserve in Anglesey which gives you the opportunity to see wildfowl all year round. Look out for tufted ducks, pochards, shovelers, gadwalls and grebes around its reed-fringed lakes when you visit.
Valley Wetlands includes two SSSIs, designated for the important open water and aquatic plant communities. With more than 20ha of reed, it holds one of the most important reedbeds in Wales, which with the surrounding marshes are home to a rich variety of wetland birds, plants and invertebrates. The wetlands are interspersed with grasslands and rocky knolls so there can be tremendous variety of habitats even within a few metres.
In spring, the reedbeds come alive with reed and sedge warblers and you may be lucky to hear a booming bittern. Keep an eye out on the lake for the spectacular courtship display of the great-crested grebes which breed here.
During the summer months, wetland plants are at their height, dragonflies and damselflies are busy, and you may spot young grebes, ducks and coots being fed.
In the winter, bird numbers are swollen by migrants and the lakes can sometimes host hundreds of wildfowl including shoveler, tufted duck, goldeneye and wigeon.