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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.

March Newsletter now published on this website featuring The Laughing Gull at New Brighton.

Latest Sightings.... (more)

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Mar 1
1 Laughing Gull and 8 Purple Sandpiper on pontoon - New Brighton.
1 Bean Goose, 1 Greenland White-fronted Goose and 2,500 Pink-footed Geese - Shotwick Fields.
1 Long-eared Owl and 1 Great White Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Merlin, 72 Twite and 6 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
2 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 1 Merlin - Parkgate Marsh.

Feb 28
1 Laughing Gull on pontoon - New Brighton.
6 Goldeneye and 7 Red-breasted Merganser this morning until 9.20am when disturbed by boat - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Bean Goose, 37 Whooper Swan and 21 Bewick's Swan, 1 Great Egret over - Shotwick Fields.
1 Long-eared Owl (PLEASE keep a sensible distance from this bird), 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 40 Golden Plover - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Black-necked Grebe and 3 Goldeneye - Shotwick Boating Lake.

Feb 27
1 Laughing Gull on pontoon - New Brighton.
2 Bean Goose, 2 White-fronted Geese (European race adult and juv) and c2,000 Pink-footed Geese - Shotwick Fields, showing well this morning but flew this afternoon.
20+ Twite - Connah's Quay Reserve.

The February Newsletter includes:

The Laughing Gull at New BrightonHighlights March 2014 to Feb 2015Colour 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.

Short-eared Owl at Gayton, February 21st Austin Morley.
Long-eared Owl at Burton Mere Wetlands, February 26th Frank Burns.
 Stonechat at Denhall Quay, February 26th Les Hall.