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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.

July Newsletter now published on this website featuring Rotterdam on the Dee Estuary.

Latest Sightings.... (more)

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July 25
240 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
450 Black-tailed Godwit off Cubbins Green, West Kirby, before high tide.
1 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate Marsh.
2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 850 Dunlin, 4750 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 86 Whimbrel, 1600 Black-headed Gull - Heswall Shore as tide came in.
c600 Sandwich Tern, 250 Common Tern and 1,600 Black-headed Gull  on a very disturbed West Kirby Shore at high tide (between  West Kirby and Red Rocks.
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hobby, 5 Spotted Redshank, 1 Green Sandpiper and 1 Common Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.

July 24
230 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
78 Whimbrel, 2 Pintail, 32 Little Egret, 1 Golden Plover, 820 Oystercatcher, 675 Dunlin, 1 Knot, 1 Turnstone, c4,500 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 1,080 Curlew, 1 Yellow Wagtail (adult), 7 Willow Warbler (Target Road willows) - Heswall Shore as tide came in.
1 Arctic Skua off shore, 795 Sandwich Tern, 81 Little Tern, 149 Common Tern, 2,170 Black-headed Gull, 346 Herring Gull, 227 Lesser Balck-backed Gull and 650 Oystercatcher - West Kirby Shore at high tide (between  West Kirby and Red Rocks.

July 23
380 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
1 Hobby over reed bed, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper and several juv Yellow Wagtail - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Willow Warbler (first of 'autumn'), 1 Yellow Wagtail (very unusual July record), 70 Little Tern and c700 large terns (mostly Sandwich Terns) - Hilbre, for more details see
http://www.hilbrebirdobs.blogspot.com/

The July Newsletter includes:

Rotterdam on the Dee EstuaryTangled up in Knots Norway 2014 and  Forthcoming Events.
Newsletters going back to March 1998 can be read, they are indexed both month by month and by subject matter.
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Photographers - please note there is a wildlife photographers code of practice (www.wildlifeupclose.co.uk/codeofconduct.html), also read Guidelines.
Please Maintain a safe working distance from all birds, particularly roosts, so as not to cause unnecessary disturbance.


Ruff at Burton Mere Wetlands, July 21st Elliot Montieth.
Swallow at Greenfield Dock, July 21st Jeff Cohen.
Green Sandpiper at Gilroy NP, July 8th Allan Conlin,
see Lighthouse Blog.