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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.

May Newsletter now published on this website featuring "Rights and Wrongs". 

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May 25
4 Spoonbill - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Little Stint, 1,000 Dunlin, 70 Sanderling and 80 Ringed Plover - Hoylake Shore.

May 24
3 Spoonbill - Decca Pools.
4 Raven over Arrowe Park heading towards the Dee Estuary this morning.
1 Cuckoo heard briefly - Thurstaston Hill.
3 Spoonbill, 1 Little Gull, 1 Marsh Harrier,  2 Spotted Flycatcher and 70+ Avocet chicks - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Short-eared Owl off Harp Inn, Neston, also 1 Grasshopper Warbler.

May 23
1 Spoonbill still showing well at Decca Pools.

The May Newsletter includes:

"Rights and Wrongs"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.

Shovelers on Burton Marsh, May 23rd Richard Whitby

Little Stint on Hoylake shore, May 25th Mark Turner

Nightjar on Hilbre, May 12th Colin Jones
Remarkably, it was first seen just sitting on this bench in the garden of the Hilbre Bird Observatory!

Nightjar on Hilbre, May 12th Alan Hitchmough

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."