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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.

November Newsletter now published on this website featuring The Wirral Wader Festival November 2015.
NOTE - the titles and times of the talks at the festival have now been finalised.

Latest Sightings.... (more)

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Nov 28
1 Red-throated Diver and 7 Red-breasted Merganser - West Kirby Marine Lake, this morning.
1 juv Pomarine Skua west past Derby Pool, Wallasey Shore at 1120am.

Nov 27
52+ Twite - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Red-throated Diver between 9.30 and 10am at least, also 12 Red-breasted Merganser - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Yellowhammer - Gilroy, West Kirby.
82 Brent Geese, c 2800 Shelduck, c1000 Pintail, c250 Wigeon, c250 Teal, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 1juv Marsh Harrier, 2 Peregrine, 1 Merlin, 1 Water Rail, 24 Snipe, c200 Skylark - Riverbank Road, Heswall at high tide.
7 Bewick's Swan and 2 Black Swan - Broken Bank/Aero Club Outer Burton Marsh.
1 Jack Snipe flew off West Kirby marsh this morning.

Nov 26
1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Shag, 9 Red-breasted Merganser and 2 Goldeneye - West Kirby Marine Lake this morning.
1 Great White Egret, 2 Water Rail calling - south end of Parkgate Marsh.
2 Short-eared Owl and 1 Hen Harrier - Burton Marsh.
146 Great Black-backed Gull in gull roost at high tide - Hoylake Shore.
22 Pink-footed Geese, 57 Brent Geese, 240 Wigeon, 125 Teal, 1 imm Marsh Harrier, 1 ringtail Hen Harrier, 3 Peregrine, 1 Merlin, 27 Little Egret, 2 Raven - Riverbank Road, Heswall at high tide.

The November Newsletter includes:

The Wirral Wader Festival November 2015, Colour 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.

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.

Red-throated Diver on West Kirby Marine Lake, November 26th Elliot Monteith.
Birkenhead Docks Birding Blog
Short-eared Owl at Burton Point, November 16th  Frank Burns.
Fieldfare at Deeside Industrial Park, November 18th Jeff Cohen.