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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 "HOW Many Scoters??!!"

Latest Sightings.... (more)

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May 24
1 Blue-headed Wagtail reported, also 1 Little Gull - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 23
1 Razorbill, 153 Sandwich Tern, 250 Sanderling, 85 Ringed Plover, 1,800 Sanderling and 1 Whimbrel - highlights from Hilbre, see more details on the Hilbre Obs Blog.

May 22
1 Little Gull - Burton Mere Wetlands.
3 Wheatear - Gayton Marsh/Heswall Golf Course.
7 Eider - Hilbre.
3 Yellow Wagtail, c10 Wheatear, 1 Spotted Flycatcher and 1 Grasshopper Warbler - Leasowe Lighthouse, see details and photos on the Leasowe Blog.

May 21
1 Razorbill on the island and 8 Eider (7 drakes) - highlights from Hilbre, see more details on the Hilbre Obs Blog.
1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Garganey and 1 Little Gull - Burton Mere Wetlands.
15+ Whimbrel - Heswall Shore after high tide.
1 Hobby over Hilbre School, West Kirby.

The May Newsletter includes:

"HOW Many Scoters??!!"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.

Turtle Dove at Leasowe, May 16th Elliot Monteith.
Wood Sandpiper at Burton Mere Wetlands, May 21st Les Hall. 
Little Gull at Burton Mere Wetlands May 17th Elliot Monteith.