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The Dee Estuary, on the North Wales / North-West England border, is one of the United Kingdom's premier birding locations for wetland and shorebirds. This Web site describes the best Dee Estuary birdwatching areas with detailed maps and latest bird news for dedicated twitchers and casual birdwatchers alike.

October Newsletter now published on this website featuring the Wirral Wader Festival 2016 and Low Tide WeBS counts - also details of Parkgate High Tide Bird Watches.

Latest Sightings.... (more)

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Sep 29
2 Leach's Petrel past Leasowe Gunsite this morning.
2,560 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy, West Kirby.
2 Pomarine Skuas together along shore just after mid-day, also9 Arctic Skua, 3 Great Sua, 14 Manx Shearwater, 275 Kittiwake, 500+ Gannet, 9 Red-throated Diver, 10+ Guillemot, 14+ Razorbill plus 1000s of Common Scoter off Hoylake.
1 Cattle Egret, 4 Little Stint and 1 Spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Corncrake - Point of Ayr, flushed twice from near path by lighthouse.

Sep 28
3 Greenshank and 2,600 Black-tailed Godwit - Thurstaston/Heswall shore as tide came in.
10,000++ Common Scoter between Hoylake and Meols at high tide.
60 Sandwich Tern on east groyne - Leasowe Bay.
1 Cattle Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier  and 94 Common Snipe - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Sep 27
12 Curlew Sandpiper and 3 Brent Geese (first of the autumn) - Hilbre.
2,530 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy, West Kirby with a further 630 in wildfowl collection off Column Road, West Kirby.
20 Spotted Redshank and 12 Greenshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
c2,000 Black-tailed Godwit - Thurstaston Shore on rising tide.
112 Little Egrets, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, c30 Grey Plover, 400 Knot, 3,000 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 1,000 Curlew - Heswall Shore.
1 Cattle Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 4 Ruff, 4 Little Stint and 1 Curlew Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.

The September Newsletter includes:

Wirral Wader Festival 2016, Observations of Black-tailed GodwitsColour Ring Report and  Forthcoming Events.
Newsletters going back to March 1998 can be read, they are indexed both month by month and by subject matter.

Cattle Egret at Burton Mere Wetlands, September 23rd Elliot Monteith

Greenshank at Burton Mere Wetlands, September 18th Tanny Robinson

Curlew Sandpiper at Burton Mere Wetlands, September 18th Keith Scovell

Ruffs at Burton Mere Wetlands, September 15th Les Hall

Photographers - please note there is a wildlife photographers code of practice , also read Guidelines.
Please Maintain a safe working distance from all birds, particularly roosts, so as not to cause unnecessary disturbance.
"There is one hard and fast rule whose spirit must be observed at all times. The welfare of the subject is more important than the photograph."