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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 the Wirral Wader Festival 2016 and Low Tide WeBS counts - also details of Parkgate High Tide Bird Watches.

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Para motors (powered hang gliders) continue to cause massive disturbance to the wildlife of the Dee Estuary and North Wirral. They fly dangerously low, sometimes within a few feet of walkers, and thus are breaking CAA rules as well as various Wildlife Laws.
All the shore along north Wirral from Hilbre to New Brighton and between Heswall and West Kirby belongs to Wirral Borough Council. Complaints plus any photos should be sent to them. A complaint form can be found by clicking here, or ring Thurstaston Visitor Centre 0151 648 4371.

Oct 25
1 Richard's Pipit flew over Little Eye towards West Kirby, also 6 Whooper Swan swam past the island - Hilbre.
3,500 Black-tailed Godwit - Thurstaston Shore.
5 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
3 Raven over steelworks - Shotton.
1 Hobby -Parkgate.
1 Short-eared Owl - Neston Marsh.
6 Great White Egret - Burton Marsh.

Oct 24
2,500 Black-tailed Godwit and 775 Pink-footed Geese heading north - Thurstaston shore, this morning.
2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Hen Harrier and 1 Short-eared Owl - Neston Marsh.

Oct 23
5 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Snow Bunting - West Kirby Marsh.
1 grey male Hen Harrier - Thurstaston Shore.
1 Great White Egret, 4 Ruff, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 grey male Hen Harrier and 1 Short-eared Owl - Burton Marsh.
1 grey male Hen Harrier off Flint Castle at midday.
75 Golden Plover, 160 Lapwing, 1 Raven, 1 Peregrine, 81 Pintail and c1,000 Knot - Thurstaston/Heswall Shore.
2 Marsh Harrier, 3 Hen Harrier (1 male, 2 ringtail) and 1 Merlin - Parkgate Old Baths this evening.
2 Crossbill over Newton, West Kirby, this morning.

Oct 22
3 Whooper Swan (over), 1 Lapland Bunting, 2 Ring Ouzel and 1 Cetti's Warbler - Red Rocks.
1 Hen Harrier being mobbed by crows - Hilbre.
5 Cattle Egret, 6 Green Sandpiper, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 ring tail Hen Harrier - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Firecrest by path just south of duck pond - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Hen Harrier (male), 1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Peregrine Falcon - Parkgate Old Baths just after sunset.

The October Newsletter includes:

Wirral Wader Festival 2016Low Tide WeBSColour 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.

Green Sandpipers at Burton Mere Wetlands, October 20th Roy Lowry

Oystercatchers at Hoylake, October 18th Jeff Cohen

Juvenile Ringed Plovers at Meols, October 17th Tanny Robinson

Adult male Hen Harrier at Parkgate, October 9th Frank Burns

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."