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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.

October Newsletter now published on this website featuring the Wetland Bird Survey 2012/13 Part 2 and Red Rocks Update.

Latest Sightings.... (more)

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Oct 22
1 Sabine's Gull (juv), 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Merlin, 2 Brent Geese and 3 Red-breasted Merganser - Point of Ayr.
3 Leach's Petrel, 1 Storm Petrel and 3 Little Gull - New Brighton, this morning.
1 Leach's Petrel and 1 Long-tailed Duck - Hoylake Shore.
2 Leach's Petrel - Leasowe Lighthouse/Gunsite.
1 Cattle Egret, 1 Curlew Sandpiper and 4 Whooper Swan - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Purple Sandpiper (first of the autumn), 2 Leach's Petrel, 60 Razorbill, 45 Gannet, 20 Kittiwake, 30 Guillemot, 35 Great Crested Grebe, over 200 Common Scoter and 6 Red-throated Diver, 800 Cormorant flew out of the estuary at dawn - highlights from Hilbre, for details and photos see the Hilbre Obs Blog.

Oct 21
1 Leach's Petrel by 9.40am and 1 Storm Petrel at 1120am, also 1 Pomarine Skua (juv), 1 Sabine's Gull (ad), 3 Manx Shearwater, 6 Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Great Skua, 4 Arctic Skua, 1 Great Northern Diver (s/pl), 48 Kittiwake and 75 Gannet - Hoylake Shore.
2+ Leach's Petrel, 2 Arctic Skua and 1 Sabine's Gull (ad) - New Brighton.
1 grey male and 1 ringtail Hen Harrier - Burton Point.
1,100 Black-tailed Godwit, 42 Knot, 6 Dunlin and 30 Redshank - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
2 Great White Egret, 1 Cattle Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Hen Harrier (1 grey male, 1 ringtail) and 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 100+ Little Egret on the roost this eveing - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Common Tern, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Goosander and 2 Red-throated Diver - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Great Skua, 1 Kittiwake (juv) and 4 Manx Shearwater - Hilbre.
1 Swift sp - Newton Park, West Kirby.

The October Newsletter includes:

The Wetland Bird Survey 2012/13 Part 2Colour Ring Report, Red Rocks Update 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.

Moulting Grey Plover, Hoylake shore, Oct 9th Charles Farnell.
Peregrine with prey, Burton Mere Wetlands, October 12th Andy Davis.
Hen Harrier at Burton Mere Wetlands, Oct21st  Mark Evans.