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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.

April Newsletter now published on this website featuring Madness at Red Rocks - PLEASE READ.

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April 24
c125 White Wagtail, 3 Yellow Wagtail, c5 Tree Pipit, 3 Wheatear and 2 Water Rail (calling in reeds) - Gronant.
1 Whinchat, 1 Tree Pipit and 4 Yellow Wagtail - Red Rocks.
3 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 65 Sandwich Tern, 81 Great-crested Grebe and 23 Gannet - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Ruff with 860 Black-tailed Godwit, also 1 Yellow Wagtail and 1 Grasshopper Warbler -  Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
1 Spotted Redshank (s/pl) and 22 Whimbrel on the shore, 4 Wheatear in the fields -  Heswall.
1 Osprey over Little Eye, heading east.

April 23
2 Redstart (m&f), 15 Common Tern, 150 Sandwich Tern and 2 Little Tern - Hilbre, for more details see
1 Night Heron (seen twice mid-morning by River Birket), 2 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 1 Ring Ouzel, 9 Yellow Wagtail, 20+ Wheatear, 80+ Sandwich Tern and 15 Gannet - Leasowe Lighthouse.
830 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
6 Grasshopper Warbler, 8 Tree Pipit and 6 Yellow Wagtail - Red Rocks.
1 Peregrine, 130 Grey Plover, 250 Dunlin, 3,000 Knot, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 18 Bar-tailed Godwit, 12 Whimbrel, 18 Little Egret, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Grasshopper Warbler - Heswall Shore.

The April Newsletter includes:

MADNESS at Red Rocks 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.

Velvet Scoter off Leasowe Lighthouse, April 21st David Haigh.
Wheatear at Red Rocks, April 19th Charles Farnell.
Whinchat by Leasowe Lighthouse, Apr 23rd Andy Thomas.