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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.

May Newsletter now published on this website featuring "HOW Many Scoters??!!"

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May 21
1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Garganey and 1 Little Gull - Burton Mere Wetlands.
15+ Whimbrel - Heswall Shore after high tide.
1 Hobby over Hilbre School, West Kirby.

May 20
1 Little Gull - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 19
5 Great Skua - Hilbre.

May 18
200 Gannet, 45 Manx Shearwater, 1 Great Skua, 8,500 Dunlin, 350 Sanderling and 200 Ringed Plover, waders giving spectacular close range views over high tide - Hoylake Shore.
1 Short-eared Owl - Parkgate Marsh.
1 drake Garganey, 1 Little Gull, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Whimbrel, 15+ Dunlin - Burton Mere Wetlands.

The May Newsletter includes:

"HOW Many Scoters??!!"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.

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.

Turtle Dove at Leasowe, May 16th Elliot Monteith.
Wood Sandpiper at Burton Mere Wetlands, May 21st Les Hall. 
Little Gull at Burton Mere Wetlands May 17th Elliot Monteith.