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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.

August Newsletter now published on this website featuring Species Spotlight - Ringed Plover, and a Red Rocks Update.
NEW - Little Tern Presentation Event at Prestatyn August 22nd, see Newsletter for details.

Latest Sightings.... (more)

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Aug 28
1 Marsh Harrier over Hilbre towards Point of Ayr.
1 Greenshank at Red Rocks.
3 Greenshank, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Little Stint, 20 Whimbrel west in two flocks, 700 Ringed Plover, 200 Sanderling and c3,000 Dunlin over the tide at Hoylake.
61 Little Egret, 1 Greenshank, 1ad Mediterranean Gull, 2 Raven, 1 Grey Wagtail - Heswall Shore.
1,200 Black-tailed Godwit - Thurstaston Shore, early morning.
2,300 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby over high tide.

Aug 27
5 Wheatear, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler, 60 House Martin flew SE, 80 Swallow flew SE, 6 Swift flew SE and 1 Greenshank - Leasowe Lighthouse.
2,400 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby this morning, flew off at 1.30pm.
69 Little Egret, 2,850 Shelduck, 4 Teal, 37 Grey Plover, 300 Dunlin, 90 Knot, 1 Greenshank, c6,000 Redshank, 1,160 Curlew, 2 Whimbrel, 327 Black-tailed Godwit, 42 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 65 Goldfinch - Heswall/Thurstaston Shore this morning.
1 Whinchat and 1 Wheatear, both caught and ringed - Hilbre.

The August Newsletter includes:

Species Spotlight - Ringed PloverRed Rocks Update 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.

Whinchat at Hilbre, Aug 27th Matt Thomas
See fromthemuddybanksofthedee blog
Sanderling at Leasowe, August 24th Karl Bishop see
Spotted Flycatcher at Burton Mere Wetlands, Aug 22nd Stan Skelton.