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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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June Newsletter now published on this website featuring 'Little Terns and Sea Holly' - Book Review.

Latest Sightings.... (more)

Jun 25
360 Shelduck, 19 Little Egret, 32 Redshank, 22 Black-tailed Godwit, 310 Curlew, 3 Whimbrel, 500 Black-headed Gull, 2 Mediterranean Gull (1ad, 1 2nd summer), 240 Herring Gull - Heswall Shore.
1 Cattle Egret, 2 Spoonbill and 3 Spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.
90 Black-tailed Godwit - Decca Pools.
1 Great White Egret flew from Burton Mere Wetlands to Burton Marsh.
1 Marsh Harrier off Denhall Quay.

Jun 24
41 Gannet, 41 Common Tern and c1,000 Herring Gull before high tide - Hilbre, see more details in Hilbre Bird Obs Blog.
21 Sandwich Tern off West Kirby Marine Lake as tide came in.
31 Little Egret, 9 Redshank, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Whimbrel, 370 Black-headed Gull, 1ad Mediterranean Gull - Heswall Shore.
2+ Cattle Egret (1 ad and at least 1 young in nest), 2 Great White Egret, 1 Spoonbill and 1 Spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jun 23
26 Sandwich Tern and 34 Great Black-backed Gull in small gull roost at high tide, also 1 Manx Shearwater and 10+ Gannet distant - Hoylake Shore.
1 Spoonbill - Burton Mere Wetlands.
5 Manx Shearwater, 18 Gannet, 18 Common Scoter and 7 Little Tern - Hilbre, see more details in Hilbre Bird Obs Blog.

The June Newsletter includes:

'Little Terns and Sea Holly' - Book Review, 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.

Grasshopper Warbler by track to Burton Point, June 20th Frank Burtns

Cattle Egret at Burton Mere Wetlands, June 15th Les Hall

Grey Plover on Hoylake beach at high tide, May 28th Carole Killikelly

Hobby at Gronant, May 20th Henry Cook

Buff-breasted Sandpiper and Little Ringed Plover at Burton Mere Wetlands, May 19th
Elliot Montieth

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."