1 The wintering Black-headed Gulls should not be passed without careful scrutiny, Mediterranean Gulls have been reported. In summer, Swifts should be nesting in the roof of the bridge, with Sand Martins in the river bank not far away.
2 Where the Monnow merges with the Wye, you should see wintering Goosanders – it’s amazing to think there had been only eight records for Gwent before 1945, with breeding first confirmed in 1975, then only the second record for Wales. Cormorants roost in nearby trees. Look for Grey Herons in the same trees and Reed Buntings on the riverside scrub.
3 Dipper, Grey Wagtail and Kingfisher find the vicinity of the weir attractive, though are likely to be encountered anywhere upstream. You may well be concentrating on river birds but keep a good look out overhead for raptors and Ravens.
4 The woodland provides an opportunity to add Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker to your day list. What chance a Lesser Spotted? There are previous records. Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers arriving in late March will be followed by Blackcaps and Garden Warblers and last of all, though not until late April or early May, Spotted Flycatchers.