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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.

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NEW -  The latest Cheshire and Wirral Bird Report is now available. For details CLICK HERE to download PDF file.

April Newsletter now published on this website featuring details about the newly expanded Liverpool Special Protection Area.

Latest Sightings.... (more)

Apr 26
42 Whimbrel, 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 600 Redshank, 11 Bar-tailed Godwit and  3 singing Lesser Whitethroat - Heswall Shore.

Apr 25
1 Grasshopper Warbler in Target Road reedbed and 16 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore.
1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Wood Warbler (reports of two singing m), 2 Water Pipit and 9 Spotted Redshank - highlights from Burton Mere Wetlands.

Apr 24
1 Snow Goose still with Pink-footed Geese at Denhall Quay.
Green-winged Teal not located early morning, 50 Pink-footed Geese flew N, 161 Shelduck, 1030 Oystercatcher, 80 Grey Plover, 200 Knot, 300 Dunlin, 485 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 154 Curlew, 11 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore.
2 Cetti's Warbler and 2 Raven by cycle track - Zone 3 Deeside Industrial Zone.
1 Common Redstart - Upton.
106 White Wagtail on Hoylake Shore this morning.

Apr 23
1 Cuckoo near Decca Pools, flew across to Welsh side of estuary.
1 drake Green-winged Teal off Heswall Fields early morning.
1 Red Kite over heading N at 1620hrs, 3+ Swift, 2 Garganey (pr) first on reception scrape then from Marsh Covert Hide, and 1 Wood Warbler still in wood by car park - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Snow Goose with Pink-footed Geese at Denhall Quay.
2 Eider - Hilbre.
2 Great White Egret (Donkey Stand Flash and Boathouse Flash) - Parkgate.

The April Newsletter includes:
Liverpool Bay SPA, important information about Connah's Quay Nature Reserve, Colour 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.


Green-winged Teal at Heswall, April 23rd Steve Williams

Common Redstart in Upton (Wirral), April 24th Geoff Hawkins

Yellow Wagtail by Leasowe Lighthouse, April 21st Graham Connolly

Common Redstart by Leasowe Lighthouse David Wilson

Pair of Garganey on Decca Pools, April 21st Mark Woodhead

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."