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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.

October Newsletter now published on this website featuring Wader Quest and some more news about the forthcoming Wirral Wader Festival.

Latest Sightings.... (more)

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Oct 5
4 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Cetti's Warbler and 12 House Martin - Burton Mere Wetlands.
3 Water Rail, 3 Green Sandpiper, 100 Shoveler, (a record count for the site), and 2 Cettis Warbler (both heard singing) - Shotton Nature Reserve.
1,950 Black-tailed Godwit and 9 Knot - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
4 Greeshank - Donkey Stand Flash, Parkgate

Oct 4
1 Great White Egret, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 6 Greenshank, 2 Marsh Harrier (juv), 1 Hobby, 1 Merlin and 2 Water Rail (calling) - Donkey Stand Flash, Parkgate, during Skydancer event.
1 Kingfisher and 1 Greenshank on groyne, 1 Wheatear on track by duck pond, 3 Grey Wagtail along River Birket - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Glossy Ibis flew from Reception scrape towards Border Pool at 1525 hrs, also 1 Pectoral Sandpiper, 1 Great White Egret, 5 Ruff and 1 Hobby - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Firecrest seen briefly in sea-front garden - Hoylake.
1,960 Black-tailed Godwit and 5 Knot - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.

The October Newsletter includes:

Wader Quest, Colour Ring Report, Wirral Wader Festival 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.

Wheatear at Burton Point, September 22nd Steve Round.
Yellow-browed Warbler at Hoylake, September 28th Jane Turner.
Hobby over Burton Mere Wetlands, September 19th  Elliot Monteith.