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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 Wetland Bird Survey 2012/13.

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Sep 14
1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Reed Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 1 Yellowhammer, 12 Chiffchaff and 8 Grey Wagtail - Red Rocks.
1 Greenshank and 2 Wheatear on groyne - Dove Point, Meols.
1 Red-necked Phalarope and 1 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Curlew Sandpiper and 1 Little Stint on groyne by Dove Point, Meols at high tide.

Sep 13
1 probable White-rumped Sandpiper, 1 Curlew Sandpiper and 1 Little Stint on groyne by  Dove Point, Meols, an hour after high tide.
c200 Swallow around Meols Common attacked by ad Hobby, watched for 10 mins!
1 Greenshank, 215 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 5 Snipe, 13 Grey Wagtail (went S before 08:15), 3 White Wagtail, 70 Meadow Pipit, 3 Raven - Heswall Shore early morning.
2,600 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy NP, West Kirby.
1 Red-necked Phalarope (IMF hide), 1 Cattle Egret, 1 Hobby, 2 Little Stint, 3 Curlew Sandpiper and 13 Spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Curlew Sandpiper and 1 Mediterranean Gull - Hoylake Shore at high tide, by  Lifeboat Station.
3 ad Mediterranean Gull - Heswall Shore at high tide.
2 Kingfisher by Lingham bridge, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Peregrine tried to take a Redshank - Leasowe Lighthouse.

Sep 12
1 Cattle Egret, 1 Red-necked Phalarope, 14 Spotted Redshank, 2 Little Stint and 4 Curlew Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Spotted Redshank and large number of Redshank, 1 Kingfisher below West hide - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1,000+ Swallow, 3 Ruff and 1 Yellow Wagtail - Burton Marsh.

The September Newsletter includes:

The Wetland Bird Survey 2012/13Colour 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.

Red-necked Phalarope, at Burton Mere Wetlands, Sep 10th Steve Round.
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 Little Stint on groyne by Dove Point,
Meols, Sep 11th Steve Round.
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 Pectoral Sandpiper at Burton Mere Wetlands, Sep 6th Steve Williams.