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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 Rotterdam on the Dee Estuary.

Latest Sightings.... (more)

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July 28
1 Greenshank and 950 - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby
180 Little Tern (incl 75 juvs), 500+ Sandwich Tern and 210 Sanderling - Red Rocks at high tide.
2,000 Dunlin and 4,000+ Redshank - Thurstaston Shore as tide came in.

July 27
1,160 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby, which we think is a site record.
1 Greenshank, flying and calling over Parkgate Marsh.
2 Marsh Harrier (fem and juv), 1 Hobby, 1 Peregrine, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher and 1 Little Ringed Plover - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Mediterranean Gull (ad) on the 'dips' - New Brighton.

July 26
8 Greenshank (Boathouse Flash), 1 Marsh Harrier (juv) and 1 Common Tern (rare over marsh!) - Parkgate Marsh.
1 Common Scoter (NOT Black Scoter) - Dove Point, Meols, 1 Wheatear (juv) on groyne.
950 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
c200 Little Tern - West Kirby Shore.
1 Grasshopper Warbler - Burton Marsh.

The July Newsletter includes:

Rotterdam on the Dee EstuaryTangled up in Knots Norway 2014 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.

Ruff at Burton Mere Wetlands, July 21st Elliot Montieth.
Swallow at Greenfield Dock, July 21st Jeff Cohen.
Juv Wheatear at Dove Point, Meols, July 27th  Elliot Monteith.