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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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June Newsletter now published on this website featuring Gronant Little Terns.

  Latest Sightings....

June 16
1 Quail heard Denhall Lane, Burton.
1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Great Egret - Neston Old Quay.
1 Grasshopper Warbler reeling inland from kissing gates path - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Little Owl, 2 Greenshnak, 1 Spotted Redshank and 2 Spoonbill - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Goldeneye - Decca Pools.
1 Grasshopper Warbler reeling betwen Hawarden Bridge (over Dee) and Deeside Industrial Park.

June 15
4 Spoonbill, 1 Little-ringed Plover, 1 Greenshank, 1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Grasshopper Warbler - Burton Mere Wetlands.
850 Shelduck (big increase last few days), 300 Curlew, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank on rising tide - Heswall Shore.
3 Avocet by boardwalk at Burton Point.

June 12
1 Quail heard and 1 Hobby over - Puddington.
1 Greenshank, 2 Spoonbill and 2 Cattle Egret in full breeding plumage - Burton Mere Wetlands.

June 10
1 reeling Grasshopper Warbler - Leasowe Lighthouse.
4 Raven flying north over Frankby.
270 Curlew, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 1 Spotted Flycatcher - Heswall Shore.

June 9
1 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate.
2 Sandwich Tern, 1 Greenshank, 1+ Spoonbill and 4 Mediterranean Gull - Burton Mere Wetlands.

June 8
2 Goosander, 1+ Spoonbill and 1+ Great Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
10 Great Egret flew past Denhall Quay on way to roost site late evening.

June 7
30 Swift over Kings Walk, Newton, this morning.
1 Kingfisher showing well along River Birkett - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Mediterranean x Black-headed Gull hybrid - Hoylake Shore.

June 6
1 Osprey -  Burton Marsh.
6 Shoveler on tide edge (rare here), 1 Yellow Wagtail and c100 Gannet off-shore - Hoylake.

The June  Newsletter includes:
Gronant Little Terns, 
Waders Heading Off and  Forthcoming Events.

Newsletters going back to March 1998 can be read, they are indexed both month by month and by subject matter.

Whitethroat at Burton Mere Wetlands, June 3rd Frank Burns

Little Ringed Plover at Burton Mere Wetlands, May 30th Les Hall

Spoonbill at Burton Mere Wetlands, May 29th Mark Woodhead

Spoonbills at Burton Mere Wetlands, May 28th Carole Killikelly

Bearded Tit at Burton Mere Wetlands, May 23rd Linda Platt

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."