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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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January Newsletter now published on this website featuring Species Spotlight - Bearded Tit and Latest Events.

Latest Sightings....

Jan 15
A good morning at Burton Mere Wetlands with 4 Bearded Tit, 9 Water Pipit and 5 Jack Snipe.
3 Goldeneye, 4 Red--breasted Merganser and c40 Brent Geese - West Kirby Marine Lake.
3 Short-eared Owl and 3 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate.

Jan 14
1 Short-eared Owl, 8+ Whooper Swan and 2 Egyptian Goose - Burton Mere Wetlands.
41 Brent Geese - West Kirby Marine Lake.
8 Purple Sandpiper - New Brighton Marine Lake.

Jan 13
3 Great White Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jan 12
1 American Wigeon (drake) - Denhall Quay.
2+ Bearded Tit, 4 Marsh Harrier, 1 female Goosander, 11 Spotted Redshank, 2 Egyptian Geese and 2 Great White Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jan 11

1 Black Redstart on fence of Shotwick Boating Lake and Solar farm, also 17 Whooper Swan.
690 Black-tailed Godwit - Thurstaston Shore.

Jan 10
1 Bittern seen at Parkgate this afternoon, then flew into reedbed at Neston at Dusk.1 Brambling with 200 Chaffinch, 2,000 Dunlin, 200 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Greenshank, 400 Wigeon and 1 Merlin - Oakenholt Marsh.

The January Newsletter includes:
Species Spotlight - Bearded Tit and  Forthcoming Events.
Newsletters going back to March 1998 can be read, they are indexed both month by month and by subject matter.

Short-eared Owl at Parkgate, January 9th Mark Woodhead

Barn Owl at Parkgate, January 3rd Richard Steel

Hen Harrier at Parkgate, January 3rd Mark Woodhead

Dark-bellied Brent Goose (left) at Hilbre, December 30th Allan Hitchmough

Great Egret at Parkgate, December 28th Roy Lowry

Bewick's Swans on Burton Marsh, December 27th Paul Ralston

Black Redstart by Shotwick Lake, December 27th Paul Ralston

Pink-footed Geese close to Saughall Massie Road, West Kirby/Greasby, December 26th Richard Smith

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."