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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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July Newsletter now published on this website featuring The Seven Whistler.

  Latest Sightings....


July 16
1 Mediterranean Gull (ad) - Wallasey Coast Guard Station.
4 Great Egret - Burton Marsh.

July 15
6 Spoonbill behind Donkeystand Flash - Parkgate.
29 Little Egret, 700 Oystercatcher, 6 Knot, 1 Turnstone, 65 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1515 Curlew, 5 Whimbrel, 17 Black-tailed Godwit, 2535 Redshank, 1600 Black-headed Gull, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull - Heswall Shore.
1 Mediterranean Gull (ad) - West Kirby Shore.
1,850 Black-tailed Godwit and 1 Ruff - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.
2 juvenile Great Egrets seen begging for food from adult so breeding confirmed, also 1 Little Gull (juv) and 3 Spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.

July 14
6 Spoonbill behind Donkeystand Flash and 1 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate.
16 Great Egret flew between Denhall Quay and Parkgate in small groups between 0800 and 0820.
3 Manx Shearwater flying west past Wallasey Coast Guard Station.
Latest count of Little Tern fledglings at Gronant is 162 with plenty more chicks yet to fledge.

July 13
1 Black Guillemot on sea in Mersey mouth, 1 Kittiwake (ad) on Marine Lake - New Brighton.
1,480 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.
630 Oystercatcher, 18 Knot, 60 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 110 Black-tailed Godwit, 1160 Black-headed Gull, 3 ad Mediterranean Gull - Heswall Shore.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Barn Owl and 2 Grassgopper Warbler - Decca Pools.

The July Newsletter includes:
The Seven Whistler,
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.

Gronant Beach before high tide, July 16th Richard Smith

Great Egrets on Burton Marsh, July 16th Mark Woodhead

Terek Sandpiper at Burton Mere Wetlands, July 9th Elliott Montieth

Gull-billed Tern at Thurstaston, July 6th Mike Dore

Mediterranean Gull on West Kirby Shore, July 5th Richard Smith

Sandwich Terns on West Kirby Shore, July 5th Richard Smith

Gull-billed Tern at Thurstaston, July 4th Allan Conlin

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."