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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 Spoonbills. 

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Jul 26
1 Spotted Crake (juv) - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jul 25
2 Spotted Crake (ad and juv) and 5 Spoonbill - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jul 24
3 Green  Sandpiper,  2 juvenile  Yellow Wagtail, 1 Wheatear  and 1 Merlin - Burton  Marsh near Rifle Range, early morning.
2 Garden Warbler and 1 Lesser Whitethroat along Lingham Lane, 1 Osprey (heading SE) and 1 Raven over -  Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Burton Point.
2 Spotted Crake, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kingfisher and 5 Spoonbill - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Arctic Skua (juv chasing terns), 1 Manx Shearwater, 13 Little Tern, 4+ Whimbrel and 1 juv Wheatear - Hilbre.

The July Newsletter includes:

Species Spotlight - SpoonbillColour 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.

Black-tailed Godwits at Gilroy, July 21st Richard Smith

Little Tern plunge diving off Gronant, July 19th Roy Lowry

Juvenile Yellow Wagtail by Heswall Sewage Works (Target Road), July 17th Frank Burns

Juvenile Stonechat by Leasowe Lighthouse, July 16th Graham Connolly

Sandwich Tern on Hoylake beach, July 3rd Paul Lee

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.
"There is one hard and fast rule whose spirit must be observed at all times. The welfare of the subject is more important than the photograph."