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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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Wirral Borough Council have issued a statement about the Gilroy Scrape (February 9th 2017), download it by clicking here.

February Newsletter now published on this website featuring Tracking Knots.

Latest Sightings.... (more)

Feb 24
250 Redshank, 60 Turnstone and 2,000 Dunlin on rocks by West Kirby Marine Lake at high tide.
3 Short-eared Owl and 1 male Hen Harrier - Denhall Quay.
2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Hen Harrier (ringtail and male), 1 Merlin and 1 Short-eared Owl - Old Baths, Parkgate, this evening.

Feb 22
8 Waxwing along Irby Road between Woodlands Road and Townsend Avenue, early morning - Irby.
1 Red Kite over Little Neston this morning (also seen over Easthem early afternoon).
1 Scaup (fem) - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Feb 21
8 Waxwing along Irby Road between Woodlands Road and Townsend Avenue, but flighty - Irby.
350 Pink-footed Geese in field between Pensby and Irby, next to footpath which heads NE from the end of Woodlands Road.
1imm Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 1000 Knot, 1 Greenshank, 1160 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Raven, early morning - Thurstaston Shore.
1 Hen Harrier (male) - Parkgate Old Baths.
1 Waxwing in tall tree by Heswall Marsh.

Feb 20
9 Waxwing in tree along Irby Road opposite Porto Hey Road, at 1130am - Irby.
170 Pink-footed Geese in field between Pensby and Irby, next to footpath which heads NE from the end of Woodlands Road.
265 Pintail, 275 Teal, 1100 Knot, 1030 Black-tailed Godwit early morning - Thurstaston Shore.

Feb 19
8 Waxwing along Irby Road by junction with Towshend Ave, present both early morning and late afternoon - Irby.
1 Short-eared Owl - Denhall Quay.
1 Greenshank by groyne - Leasowe Lighthouse.

Feb 18
2 Avocet, 1 Ruff and 1 Cetti's Warbler - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Hen Harrier (male and ringtail), 1 Merlin and 1 Peregrine - Heswall Marsh.
35+ Twite by West Hide - Connah's Quay Reserve.

The February Newsletter includes:

Tracking Knots, 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.
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Female Scaup at Burton Mere Wetlands, February 22nd Paul Lee



Waxwing in Irby, February 21st Ron Thomas


Redshank with Dunlins and Turnstones at West Kirby Marine Lake, February 13th Richard Smith


Dunlins over West Kirby Marine Lake, February 13th 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."