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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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February Newsletter now published on this website featuring "Among Knots".

Latest Sightings.... (more)

Feb 21
1 Red Kite heading NE which flushed 3,000 Knot - Thurstaston Shore.
4 Avocet - Burton Mere Wetlands.
6 Eider, 177 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Raven, 235 Brent Geese plus several flocks of Pink-footed Geese totalling around 750 - Hilbre.

Feb 20
2 Peregrine, 704 Common Scoter, 6 Eider, 10 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Rock Pipit, 2 Raven and 1 Gannet - Hilbre.
15,000+ Knot south of Tanskey Rocks this morning.

Feb 18
7 Eider and 181 Turnstone - Hilbre early morning.
5,500 Knot and 1,000 Dunlin - Tanskey Rocks.
10 Purple Sandpiper and 125 Turnstone - New Brighton Marine Lake.
9 Greenland White-fronted Geese - Warren Farm, Talacre.
1 Brambling on tide wrack south of Denhall Quay.
2 Great White Egret and 1 Marsh Harrier (fem) - Parkgate Marsh.
1 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
25,000 Knot and 10,000 Dunlin - West Kirby Shore at high tide.
6 Whooper Swan flew past Little Eye.

The February Newsletter includes:
"Among Knots" and  Forthcoming Events.
Newsletters going back to March 1998 can be read, they are indexed both month by month and by subject matter.


Common Scoter off Hilbre, February 20th Elliot Montieth

Purple Sandpiper (you can just make out the purple sheen glinting in the sun on the back of this bird)
Hilbre, February 20th Elliot Montieth

Red-breasted Merganser on West Kirby Marine Lake, February 16th Colin Millington

Barn Owl at Neston, February 12th Frank Burns

Hen Harrier at Neston, February 12th Phil Boardman

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."