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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.

June Newsletter now published on this website featuring Little Terns. 

NOTE: Two new events at Gronant - Seabird Watch on July 1st and July 15th - see Newsletter for details.

Latest Sightings.... (more)

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Jun 30
6 Spoonbill and c300 Black-tailed Godwit - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Common Redstart - Connah's Quay Reserve.

Jun 29
1ad Gannet, 270 Oystercatcher, 240 Redshank, 375 Curlew, 1 Whimbrel, 530 Black-headed Gull, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull, 500 Herring Gull - Heswall Shore early morning high tide, Gannet VERY unusual off here.
6 Spoonbill - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Common Sandpiper at outlet of Wepre Brook, Connah's Quay.

Jun 28
6 Spoonbill, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 fem Marsh Harrier - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jun 27
6 Spoonbill - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Mediterranean Gull (1st sum) - Hilbre.
1 Grasshopper Warbler north end of promenade, 1 Wheatear (juv) south end - Parkgate.

Jun 26
2 Spotted Flycatcher - Burton Mere Wetlands.

The June Newsletter includes:

Little TernsColour 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.

Spoonbills at Burton Mere Wetlands, note the stick carrying, June 28th Roy Palmer

Spoonbills at Burton Mere Wetlands, June 24th Jeff Cohen

Broad-billed Sandpiper at Gronant, June 22nd Henry Cook

Red Kite over Moreton, June 22nd Graham Connolly

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."