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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.

July Newsletter now published on this website featuring Arctic Terns.

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July 7
3 Ruff, 1 Water Rail, 1 Peregrine, 6 Spotted Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 drake Pochard - Burton Mere Wetlands.

July 6
1 Mediterranean Gull (2nd sum) in playing fields plus 600 Black-headed Gull - Greenbank Road, West Kirby.
19 Black-tailed Godwit (in full breeding plumage so probably failed breeding birds just back from Iceland) - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.

July 5
1 Great White Egret still present mid-morning, also 6 Spotted Redshank and 1 Redpoll - Burton Mere Wetlands.

July 4
17 Little Egret, 1 Common Sandpiper, c500 Black-headed Gull, 2 ad Mediterranean Gull, 60 Swift - Heswall Shore.
1 Great White Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.

The July Newsletter includes:
Species Spotlight - Arctic TernsColour 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.

Ring-billed Gull at Burton Mere Wetlands, June 26th Stan Skelton.
Dark-bellied Brent Goose at Burton Mere Wetlands, June 28th Andrew Ingham. 
Mediterranean Gull at West Kirby, June 30th Richard Smith.