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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 the Wetland Bird Survey. 

Latest Sightings.... (more)

Please send any sightings to:

Aug 23
1 Curlew Sandpiper next to West Kirby Marine Lake.

Aug 22
1 Peregrine, 3 Curlew Sandpiper and large gull roost of 5,000+ (mainly Herring gulls), few terns today and small waders around 2,000 - Hoylake Shore over high tide.
2,500 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy, West Kirby.
12 Spoonbill - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Aug 21
4 Manx Shearwater - Red Rocks.
5 Curlew Sandpiper, 7 Manx Shearwater, c4,000 Dunlin, 500 Ringed Plover, 1 Yellow-legged Gull and 1 Mediterranean Gull - Hoylake Shore over high tide.
12 Spoonbill and 2 Curlew Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Marsh Harrier flew past Parkgate.
1 Great Skua and 2 Arctic Skua off Dove Point.

The August Newsletter includes:

Wetland Bird SurveyColour 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.

Curlew Sandpiper (middle bird) with seven Knot including one still in full s/pl, Hoylake Shore, Aug 20th
Tanny Robinson

Curlew Sandpiper on Hilbre (nearest bird), August 18th Allan Hitchmough

12 Spoonbills over Burton Point, August 16th Glyn Thursfield

Hooded Crow by Birkenhead North station, August 14th Chris Shaw and family.

Greenshanks on Neston Marsh, August 12th Roy Lowry

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."