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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 Species Spotlight - Cormorant.

Latest Sightings.... (more)

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Apr 21
4 Surf Scoter (3 drakes) - East Hoyle Bank, Hoylake Shore.
1 Common Sandpiper and 95 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.

Apr 20
1 Cuckoo *first of spring* - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Yellow Wagtail - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Redstart (fem by Park Lane) and 26 Wheatear in paddocks - Leasowe Lighthouse.
c3,000 Common Scoter just off East Hoyle Bank at low tide - Hoylake Shore.
1 Common Sandpiper and 82 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
1 Laughing Gull - New Brighton, it's still here!

Apr 19
1 Whinchat and 7 Wheatear by western kissing gate, 1 Redstart (fem) by Park Lane, 20 House Martin and 1 Swift - Leasowe Lighthouse.
16 Red-breasted Merganser, 22 Teal, 340 Shelduck, 140 Cormorant, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 175 Dunlin, 11 Whimbrel, 1 Raven - Heswall Shore before high tide.
1 Merlin (male), seen on the ground off Heswall Golf Course.
700+ Wood Pigeon on newly sown field by Dungeon Bridge, Thurstaston.
2 Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Wheatear and 1 Great White Egret - Burton Marsh.

Apr 18
4 Surf Scoter (2 drakes 2 fems) - Hoylake Shore.
3 Velvet Scoter, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail and 1 Redstart (see photo below) - highlight from Hilbre, see details
6 Wheatear, 1 Redstart and 1 Grasshopper Warbler - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Redstart (fem) in Meols garden.
1 Tree Sparrow by Dungeon bridge, also 3 Wheatear, 20 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Whitethroat and 1 Grasshopper Warbler - Heswall Fields/Wirral Way.
1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover, c15 Knot, 1 Swift (first of spring!) and 62 Avocet - Burton Mere Wetlands.

The April Newsletter includes:

Species Spotlight - the CormorantColour Ring Report, new Hilbre Video 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.

Common Sandpiper at Gilroy, April 17th Richard Smith.
Redstart at Hilbre, April 18th see Hilbre Blog.
Black-tailed Godwit at Burton Mere Wetlands, April 18th Elliot Monteith.