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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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Jul 28
7 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Green Sandpiper - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
1 Great Skua (flew straight towards Lifeboat Station before landing on the sea), 20+ Manx Shearwater, 50+ Gannet and c250 Common Scoter - Hoylake Shore during a short seawatch two hours after high tide, most birds flying west. 

Jul 27
1 Little Ringed Plover (juv) - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
20+ Whimbrel - Thurstaston Shore this morning.
42 Mistle Thrush - Irby Cricket Club pitch this morning.
6 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper and 70+ Little Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jul 26
1 Quail heard this evening by barn - Burton Mere Wetlands.
80+ Whimbrel, 12 Bar-tailed Godwit (s/pl) and 50 Knot - Thurstaston Shore early morning.
3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin, 1 Little Ringed Plover (juv) and 120 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.

July 25
c1000 Dunlin, 115 Knot, c2000 Redshank, 580 Black-tailed Godwit, 26 Whimbrel, 3ad Mediterranean Gull - Thurstaston Shore early morning, 40+ Whimbrel this evening.
485 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
2 Whimbrel - Parkgate.
1 Arctic Skua - Hoylake Shore.
1 Cuckoo (juv) flew west - Hoylake Langfields.
7 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 juv Cuckoo being fed by a Whitethroat, 3 juv Kestrel and 5 Ruff - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Mediterranean Gull off Derby Pool, Wallasey Shore.
3 Greenshank by groyne - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Mediterranean Gull by West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Cuckoo (juv) - Cubbins Green, West Kirby.

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.

Green Sandpiper at Gilroy Nature Park, July 28th Richard Smith.
Juvenile Little Ringed Plover at Gilroy Nature Park, July 27th Richard Smith. 
Dunlin, Hilbre, July 20th Elliot Monteith, see