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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.

May Newsletter now published on this website featuring "Rights and Wrongs". 

Latest Sightings.... (more)

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May 30
6 Spoonbill (1 adult, 5 imms), on reception scrape first thing then moved into trees but still visible - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 29
5 Spoonbill, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Hobby, 1 Marsh Harrier (fem), 3 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler and 1 Garganey (drake) - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 28
4 Spoonbill, 1 Garden Warbler and 2 Spotted Flycatcher- Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 27
1 Spotted Flycatcher and 1 Cetti's Warbler - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 26
1 Little Stint, 800 Knot, 2,000 Dunlin, 90 Sanderling, 200 Ringed Plover and 3 Grey Plover - Hoylake Shore.
170+ Little Tern, 40 Sanderling and 1 Whimbrel - Gronant.

The May Newsletter includes:

"Rights and Wrongs"Colour 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.

Spoonbills at Burton Mere Wetlands, May 29th Roy Lowry

Spoonbill over Burton Mere Wetlands, May 28th GreenSnappa

Shovelers on Burton Marsh, May 23rd Richard Whitby

Little Stint on Hoylake shore, May 25th Mark Turner

Nightjar on Hilbre, May 12th Colin Jones
Remarkably, it was first seen just sitting on this bench in the garden of the Hilbre Bird Observatory!

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."