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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.

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September Newsletter now published on this website featuring The Wirral Wader Festival 2017 and a NEW publication - Rare and Scarce birds of Cheshire and Wirral.

Latest Sightings.... (more)

Sep 23
2 Wheatear on groyne and 1 Greenshank in gutter - Meols Common.

Sep 22
3 Little Stint - Hoylake Shore.
6 Goosander, 2 Brent Geese and 1 Sandwich Tern, highlights from Hilbre for more details see Hilbre Bird Obs Blog.
1 Marsh Harrier - Decca Pools.
1,500 Black-tailed Godwit - Connah's Quay/Oakenholt Marsh.
2 Brent Geese close to the marsh at high tide, 60 Grey Plover (6 s/pl), 2 Wheatear and 30+ House Martin over - West Kirby Shore.

Sep 21
3 Little Stint and 2 Curlew Sandpiper - Hoylake Shore.
5,090 Black-tailed Godwit, another record high count - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.
6 Great White Egret - Neston Marsh.
1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Merlin, 3 Marsh Harrier, 20 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank, 3 Spottted Redshank, 30+ Ruff, 9 Chiffchaff, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Cattle Egret, 1+ Great White Egret, 1 Treecreeper and 2 Cetti's Warbler - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Sep 20
At least 3 Little Stint and 1 Curlew Sandpiper, also 1 Yellow-browed Warbler heard by Curzon road - Hoylake Shore.
2 Little Stint - Dove Point, Meols.
2 Brent Geese - Hilbre.
1 Marsh Harrier (juv) - Heswall Shore.
1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 10+ Ruff and 1 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate.2,000 Black-tailed Godwit, 5,500 Redshank, 1 Ruff, 16 Spotted Redshank, 17 Greenshank, 1 Hobby and 2,500 Teal - Oakenholt Marsh.

The September Newsletter includes:

The Wirral Wader Festival 2017, 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.

Little Stint and Sanderling on Hoylake Shore, September 22nd Les Hall.

Curlew Sandpiper on Hoylake Shore, September 20th Roy Lowry.

Ringed Plover on Hoylake Shore, September 19th Roy Lowry.

Little Stint at Hoylake, September 18th Graham Connolly.

Grey Phalarope at New Brighton, September 13th Elliot Montieth

Leach's Petrel at New Brighton, September 13th Elliot Montieth

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."