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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.

September Newsletter now published on this website featuring the Godwits of Gilroy and advanced notice of the Wirral Wader Festival.

Latest Sightings.... (more)

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Sep 4
1 Red-backed Shrike - Park Lane, Meols at 5.50pm.
2 Little Stint flushed from salt marsh next to beach as tide came in - Heswall Shore.
3 Ruff and 2,300 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.

Sep 3
2,460 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
2 Great White Egret - Parkgate Marsh.
2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 1  Hobby, 4 Raven, over car park and into Marsh Covert, 2 Spotted Flycatcher edge of Burton Mere, 1 Spotted Redshank on main scrape and 1  Kingfisher - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Sep 2
2 Curlew Sandpiper (juvs) - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Hobby (adult) over Newton (West Kirby)  this afternoon,

Sep 1
Report from Shotton Lagoons Reserve: mixed flocks moving through included a Garden Warbler, with 8 Green Sandpiper, 6 Common Sandpiper, 160 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 1 White Wagtail, and 1 Spotted Redshank (Juv, unusual for here ), all on Rocky Pool. Also, 1000 Starling, and 500 Jackdaw, at on site roost.
2,480 Black-tailed Godwit and 1 Knot (juvenile) - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
12 Wheatear on the groyne, 3 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Whimbrel - Leasowe Lighthouse on the rising tide, see Lighthouse Blog for details..
1 Ruff, 1 Greenshank, 120 Sanderling (about 50% juveniles), 490 Ringed Plover, 2,500 Dunlin, 3,000 Herring Gull and 75 Great Black-backed Gull - Hoylake Shore at high tide.
2 Swift heading towards Heswall from Arrowe Park, this morning.
1 Rock Pipit - Hilbre.
3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine (chasing a Snipe ), 2 Whimbrel, 5 Greenshank, 5 Dunlin, 4 Wheatear, and 1 Golden Plover - Outer Burton Marsh (close to A548).

The August Newsletter includes:

The Godwits of Gilroy, Colour Ring Report, Wirral Wader Festival 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.

Hen Harrier at Burton Mere Wetlands, August 26th Frank Burns.
Juvenile Black-tailed Godwit at Gilroy, August 27th Richard Smith.
Rock Pipit on Hilbre, September 1st Bil Wonderley.