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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.

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July Newsletter now published on this website featuring Black Tern Spring Passage 2017.

Latest Sightings.... (more)

Jul 21
c20 Manx Shearwater flew past in small groups and 21 Whimbrel roosted, 143 Little Tern and 1 Mediteranean Gull (ad) roosted on East Hoyle Bank as tide ebbed - Hilbre.
1 Lesser Yellowlegs - Burton Outer Marsh (Flintshire), if anybody knows the exact location and how to access it please could they let me know.
1,100 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
9 Lttle Tern sheltering from strong wind on sand bank near Little Eye.
300 Shelduck, 1000 Dunlin, 2000 Redshank, 700 Curlew, 42 Whimbrel, 1ad + 1 2nd sum Mediterranean Gull, 500 Black-headed Gull - Heswall Shore.
1 Arctic Skua off Leasowe Lighthouse at high tide.

Jul 20
3 Whimbrel, lots of Sandwich Terns difficult to count because of wind but juveniles around 25% - Hilbre.
1,100 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
1 Red Kite, 2 Great White Egret, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Green Woodpecker, 1 Raven, 1 Green Sandpiper and 1 Common Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.
7 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.

Jul 19
1 imm Marsh Harrier, 46 Little Egret, 31 Grey Plover, 1600 Dunlin, 70 Knot, 3000 Redshank, 170 Black-tailed Godwit, 1140 Curlew, 3 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore, over high tide.
630 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
1 Wood Sandpiper and 3 Great White Egret over - Shotton Lagoons.
2 Mediterranean Gull (ads) - West Kirby Shore as tide came in.
c1,500 Knot, 300 Dunlin and 1 Greenshank - groyne, Meols Common.
2 Mediterranean Gull (1 ad s/pl and 1 juv) - New Brighton 'dips'.
1 Mediterranean Gull juv, 36 Whimbrel, 212 Sanderling, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Common Tern and 450 Little Tern - Gronant.

Jul 18
700 Sandwich Tern, 40 Common Tern and 1,000 Black-headed Gull between West Kirby Marine Lake and Hilbre as tide ebbed this morning, see more details and photos on

Jul 17
750 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
1 Mediterranean Gull (ad s/pl) - New Brighton 'dips'.
2 Great White Egret at Shotton Lagoons.
NOTE: report of a probable Lesser Yellowlegs on the River Dee by the A548 bridge (Shotton) on Jul 14th).

The July Newsletter includes:

Black Tern Spring Passage 2017, Colour 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 Caldy, July 21st Richard Smith

Juvenile Mediterranean Gull (left) at Burton Mere Wetlands, July 16th Mark Woodhead

Gannet on Hilbre, July 16th Elliot Monieth

Reed Warbler at Big Pool Wood Reserve (east of Gronant), July 8th  Jeff Cohen

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."