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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.

December Newsletter now published on this website featuring the Cetti's Warbler.

Latest Sightings.... (more)

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Dec 18
1,000 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
248 Pink-footed Geese in field below Dungeon Wood - Thurstaston.
1 Shag - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Great White Egret - Burton Marsh.

Dec 17
1,900 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
2 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate Marsh at noon.
1 Shag - West Kirby Marine Lake.

Dec 16
1 Shag - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1,880 Black-tailed Godwit in field by Newton playing fields, West Kirby.
1 Marsh Harrier and 2 Green Sandpiper - Flint Sewage Works.
c5,000 Pink-footed Geese feeding on Oakenholt Marsh.
1,518 Cormorant flew out of the estuary, also 1 Rock Pipit - Hilbre, for details see

The December Newsletter includes:

The Cetti's WarblerColour 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.

Shag at West Kirby, Dec 15th Les Hall.
Marsh Harrier at Parkgate, Dec 11th Frank Burns.
Shelducks at Hoylake, Dec 6th Richard Smith.