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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.

August Newsletter now published on this website featuring Species Spotlight - Ringed Plover, and a Red Rocks Update.

Latest Sightings.... (more)

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July 31
4 Spotted Crake (2 ad and 2 young) back of main scrape - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Greenshank and 1,200 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
47 Little Egret, 1200 Oystercatcher, c2500 Dunlin, 1 Knot, c5200 Redshank, 1450 Curlew, 43 Whimbrel, 2 Yellow Wagtail in sewage works - Heswall Shore before high tide.
80 Little Tern, 300 Sandwich Tern and 50 Common Tern between Red Rocks and 
West Kirby at high tide.

July 30
1 Spotted Crake (ad) this morning back of main scrape - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1,200 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
32 Manx Shearwater - Red Rocks, an hour before high tide.
36 Little Egret, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 21 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore before high tide.

The August Newsletter includes:

Species Spotlight - Ringed PloverRed 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.

Ruff at Burton Mere Wetlands, July 21st Elliot Montieth.
Swallow at Greenfield Dock, July 21st Jeff Cohen.
Juv Wheatear at Dove Point, Meols, July 27th  Elliot Monteith.