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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 17
2,000+ Black-tailed Godwit - Thurstaston shore this morning.
6 Water Rail, 37 Magpie, 45 Blue Tit, 12 Chiffchaff, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, 1 Yellow Wagtail and 3 Grey Wagtail highlights from Red Rocks this morning, quite a good passage!
1 Peregrine on beach, 1 Greenshank, 6 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Wheatear, 12 Chiffcahff and 3 Willow Warbler - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Red-necked Phalarope and 1 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
3 Golden Plover, 1 Greenshank, c3000 Redshank, c1000 Curlew, 7 Grey Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 16 Skylark - Heswall Shore.

Sep 15
2,000+ Black-tailed Godwit Heswall/Thurstaston shore early morning later seen flying over Grange Hill on way to Gilroy NP.
2,600 Black-taled Godwit - Gilroy NP, West Kirby, this afternoon.
5 Water Rail, 7 Chiffchaff, 1 Wheatear, 3 Grey Wagtail and 5 White Wagtail - highlights from Red Rocks this morning.
4 Grey Wagtail. 9 Mistle Thrush, 105 Grey Plover, 17 Bar-tailed Godwit and 37 Sandwich Tern - Leasowe Lighthouse.

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, 1 Great White Egret came into roost this eveing, also 127 Little Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Curlew Sandpiper and 1 Little Stint on groyne by Dove Point, Meols at high tide.

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.