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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.

July Newsletter now published on this website featuring Spoonbills. 

Latest Sightings.... (more)

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Jul 30
1 Willow Tit at Lingham Lane Bridge earlier but not seen again, also 2 Kingfisher and 4 Raven - Leasowe Lighthouse.
7 Spoonbill, 1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Green Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jul 29
7 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
2,500 Dunlin on the mud off the south end of West Kirby Marine Lake as tide went out this morning.
450 Black-tailed Godwit at 10am, flew off to the shore in several small flocks - Gilroy, West Kirby.
9 Spoonbill, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Marsh Harrier & 1 Spotted Crake (juv) - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Hobby - Parkgate, this evening.

Jul 28
160 Dunlin, 2000 Redshank, 236 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Whimbrel, 3 Yellow Wagtail (ad+2juv) and 2 Black Swan - Heswall Shore.
1 Spotted Crake and  NINE Spoonbill - Burton Mere Wetlands.
315 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy, West Kirby.

Jul 26
1 Spotted Crake (juv) - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jul 25
2 Spotted Crake (ad and juv) and 5 Spoonbill - Burton Mere Wetlands.

The July Newsletter includes:

Species Spotlight - SpoonbillColour 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.

Black-tailed Godwits at Gilroy, July 29th Matt Thomas

Nine Spoonbills at Burton Mere Wetlands, July 29th Tanny Robinson

Black-tailed Godwits at Gilroy, July 21st Richard Smith

Little Tern plunge diving off Gronant, July 19th Roy Lowry

Juvenile Yellow Wagtail by Heswall Sewage Works (Target Road), July 17th Frank Burns

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."