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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 Website 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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April Newsletter now published on this website featuring Rewilding Hoylake Langfields (a fantasy?), Colour Ring Report (including a new photographic guide to colour ringed knots) and March Bird News.
Newsletters going back to March 1998 can be read, they are indexed both month by month and by subject matter.

Latest Sightings....
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Apr 18
1 Common Redstart, 3 Redpoll and 1 Common Whitethroat - Red Rocks.
640 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.

Apr 17
1 Grasshopper Warbler near Boathouse pub, 2 Great Egret and 1 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate.
1 Osprey flew inland, 1 Grasshopper Warbler - Burton Point.
1 Ring Ouzel in pony paddocks - Burton Road, Burton.
1 Ring Ouzel still along Lingham Lane north of brickworks - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Common Redstart, 1 Yellow Wagtail, a few siskin over - Hilbre.
1 Common Redstart in seafront garden - Hoylake.
17 Whimbrel, 735 Curlew, 260 Oystercatcher and 770 Redshank - Heswall Shore.

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Common Redstart at Leasowe, April 15th John Hewitt


Tawny Owl at Burton Mere Wetlands, April 15th Leon Castell


'Channel' Yellow Wagtail at Leasowe Lighthouse, April 14th Roger Evans


Osprey over Burton Marsh, April 13th Peter Sutton


Ring Ouzel down Lingham Lane, Moreton, April 12th Allan Conlin


Wheatear at Leasowe, April 12th Mark Woodhead


Great Egret at Parkgate, April 11th Roy Wilson


Blackcap at Burton Mere Wetlands, April 9th Steve Round
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Tawny Owl at burton Mere Wetlands, April 7th John Hewitt


Black-tailed Godwits in the sea at Thurstaston, April 8th Richard Smith


Pink-footed Geese at Parkgate, April 5th Frank Burns


White-fronted Geese on Burton Marsh, April 4th Richard May


Gannet off Hilbre, April 4th Allan Hitchmough


Whooper Swans at Burton Mere Wetlands, April 3rd Carole Killikelly


Cetti's Warbler at Burton Mere Wetlands, April 2nd Steve Houghton


Red Kite over Leasowe, April 1st Graham Connolly


Wheatear on Hilbre, March 31st Matt Thomas


Cormorant at New Brighton, March 29th Mark Woodhead


Ring Ouzel at Leasowe, March 27th Steve Houghton


Wheatear on Hilbre, March 26th Steve Williams


Ring Ouzel by Leasowe Lighthouse, March 26th Allan Conlin


Purple Sandpipers roosting on Hilbre, March 25th Allan Hitchmough


Wheatear at Burton, March 24th Les Hall


Bittern at Burton Mere Wetlands, March 22nd Peter Sutton


Little Ringed Plover on Kerr's Field, Leasowe, March 21st Sean O'Hara


Goldcrest on Hilbre, March 21st Allan Hitchmough


Merlin sitting on top of channel marker at Heswall, March 20th Peter Ham


Redpoll along Wirral Way, Parkgate, March 18th Kevin Walton


Bittern at Burton Mere Wetlands, March 19th John Hewitt


Peregrine over Leasowe, March 18th Allan Conlin


Snow Buntings at Hoylake, March 15th Richard Smith


Pink-footed Geese at Heswall, March 13th Peter Sutton


Brent Geese at Thurstaston, Dark-bellied in the centre, March 9th Richard Smith



Goldcrest at Thornton Hough, March 1st Andy Coxon



This is a wholly independent web site and unless where specifically stated has been written and maintained by myself, Richard Smith. I do receive articles for the newsletter from time to time for which I am very grateful, and also various people kindly donate photographs and sketches. l rely to a large extent on people keeping me informed about the birds they have seen - this, more than anything, is what keeps the website going. Note that everything on this website is subject to copyright although some material may be available for non-commercial use - but please ask first! Lastly, 'Dee Estuary Birding' is just the name of this web site - it is not the name of an organisation or society.
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