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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 Arctic Terns.

Latest Sightings.... (more)

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July 1
180 Common Scoter flew west in three flocks, 20 Gannet and 130 Cormorant in high tide roost, 200+ Little Terns in breeding colony - Gronant.
1 Golden Plover, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit and 2 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore.
4 Spotted Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Ruff and 1 Green Woodpecker - Burton Mere Wetlands.

June 30
1 Mediterranean Gull (ad), 75 Sandwich Tern and c600 Black-headed Gull just off West Kirby Marine Lake at high tide.
4 Gannet - Hilbre.
310 Shelduck, 15 Little Egret, 12 Grey Plover, 7 Knot, 120 Redshank, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 480 Black-headed Gull, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull, 2 Sandwich Tern, 220 Carrion Crow - Heswall Shore.
2 Spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.

June 29
1 Mediterranean Gull (ad), 68 Sandwich Tern and c400 Black-headed Gull just off West Kirby Marine Lake at high tide.
1 Mediterranean Gull and 1 Greenshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
2 Mediterranean Gull (adults) flew over, also 1 Spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.

June 28
1 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
475 Oystercatcher, 11 Grey Plover, 4 Dunlin, 5 Knot, 270 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank (in spl), 540 Curlew, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 460 Black-headed Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull (spl ad), 196 Carrion Crow, at least 22 Swift heading south - Heswall Shore early morning.
1 dark-bellied Brent Goose and 2 Greenshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.

The July Newsletter includes:
Species Spotlight - Arctic TernsColour 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.

Ring-billed Gull at Burton Mere Wetlands, June 26th Stan Skelton.
Dark-bellied Brent Goose at Burton Mere Wetlands, June 28th Andrew Ingham. 
Mediterranean Gull at West Kirby, June 30th Richard Smith.