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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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February Newsletter now published on this website featuring Purple Sandpipers.

  Latest Sightings....


Feb 18
1 Cattle Egret flew north past Denhall Quay this morning.
1 adult Mediterranean Gull on grass near Sailing club - Wallasey Shore.

Feb 17
11 Brent Geese on West Kirby Marine Lake, north end.
1 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
3 Short-eared Owl this afternoon - Old Baths, Parkgate.
20+ Brent Geese by Dee Sailing club causeway - Thurstaston.

Feb 16
1 Cattle Egret by Neston Sewage Works.
2+ Water Rail calling at Red Rocks Marsh.

Feb 15
125 Grey Plover heading north, 75 Turnstone and 210 Brent Geese - Hilbre.
2 Hen Harrier (male and ringtail) and 1 Great Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Feb 14
201 Curlew, 5,700 Dunlin and 100+ Grey Plover on rising tide - Hilbre.

Feb 13
1 Avocet, first of the year - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Water Pipit on tide wrack near Marsh Cottage - Denhall Lane, Burton Marsh.
1 Long-tailed Duck (drake) west, 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull and 1 Mediterraean Gull in large gull roost - Hoylake.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 1 Short-eared Owl - Denhall Quay.

Feb 12
1 Puffin (flew west), 2 Razorbill, 5 Kittiwake, 10 Red-throated Diver, 3 Purple Sandpiper and 6 Little Gull - Hilbre.
4+ Little Gull - New Brighton.
1 Mediterranean Gull and 1 Little Gull - West Kirby.
500+ Common Gull and 1 Mediterranean Gull on shore, 2 Little Gull and 150 Kittiwake - Hoylake.

The February Newsletter includes:
Purple Sandpipers,
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.

Hen Harrier from the IMF hide at Burton Mere Wetlands, February 16th Carole Killikelly

One of two Peregrines hunting Knot at Thurstaston, February 14th

Pink-footed Geese sheltering from the hail at Parkgate, February 11th

Little Gull at West Kirby, February 11th

Water Rail at Parkgate, February 9th Barry Barnacal

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."