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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.

April Newsletter now published on this website featuring Madness at Red Rocks - PLEASE READ.

Latest Sightings.... (more)

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April 23
2 Redstart (m&f), 1 Common Tern and 2 Little Tern - Hilbre.
1 Night Heron (seen twice mid-morning by River Birket), 2 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 1 Ring Ouzel, 9 Yellow Wagtail, 20+ Wheatear, 80+ Sandwich Tern and 15 Gannet - Leasowe Lighthouse.
830 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
6 Grasshopper Warbler, 8 Tree Pipit and 6 Yellow Wagtail - Red Rocks.
1 Peregrine, 130 Grey Plover, 250 Dunlin, 3,000 Knot, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 18 Bar-tailed Godwit, 12 Whimbrel, 18 Little Egret, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Grasshopper Warbler - Heswall Shore.

April 22
1 Velvet Scoter (brief sighting at 1030am), 3,000 Common Scoter, 3 Whinchat, 29 Wheatear and 1 Marsh Harrier - Leasowe Lighthouse, see lighthousebirding blog for more details and photos.
3 Common Sandpiper, 2 White Wagtail, 1 Wheatear and 960 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
4+ Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Redstart, 1 Tree Pipit and large movmemnt of Swallows (150/hour) - Red Rocks.
2 Redstart and 1 Grasshopper Warbler - in sea-front gardens - Hoylake.
3 Redstart and 2 Grasshopper Warbler - Hilbre, for more details see

The April Newsletter includes:

MADNESS at Red Rocks 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.

Velvet Scoter off Leasowe Lighthouse, April 21st David Haigh.
Wheatear at Red Rocks, April 19th Charles Farnell.
Whinchat by Leasowe Lighthouse, Apr 23rd Andy Thomas.