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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 Sandwich Terns, also details of the Crossbill and Siskin Irruption.

  Latest Sightings....


July 3
1 Goosander, 40 Knot, 911 Curlew, 2 Whimbrel, 340 Redshank, 790 Black-headed Gull, 2 ad Mediterranean Gull - Heswall Shore.

July 2
2 Little Owl - Burton Point.
300 Black-tailed Godwit - Decca Pools.
3 Grasshopper Warbler - Burton Marsh.

July 1
102 Black-tailed Godwit all in full s/pl - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.
1 Little Owl - Burton Point.
1 Grasshopper Warbler by Nets Cafe - Burton Marsh.
2 Spoonbill - Parkgate.
10,000 Knot on ebbing tide - West Kirby Shore then Little Eye.
2 Peregrine (ad and juv), 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Great Egret, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Ruff, 3 Greenshank and 1 Green Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.

June 30
c40 Common Scoter off Meols.
30 Black-tailed Godwit all in full s/pl first ones back from Iceland - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.

June 29
1 Arctic Skua - New Brighton.

June 28
Hilbre has reopened to visitors.
10,000 Knot - Little Eye.
2 Marsh Harrier (pair) - Burton Mere Wetlands.

June 27
1 Crossbill over Old Baths, Parkgate, at 0830am.
1 Crossbill over Little Neston, also Siskins in double figures over very high.
3 Crossbill and several family groups of Siskins - Dawstone Road, Heswall.
2 Crossbill flew out of pines at Upton, Wirral.

June 26
1 Common Sandpiper, 3,500 Knot, 830 Curlew and 175 Redshank - Heswall Shore.

June 25
1 Red Kite rising on thermals near Decca Pools.
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Spoonbill, 1 Grasshopper Warbler and plenty of young Swallows - Burton Marsh.
1 Quail heard in field west of Pump Lane just north of Greasby.

June 24
1 Quail heard in field west of Pump Lane just north of Greasby.
2 Little Owl, 2 Green Woodpecker and 1 Marsh Harrier - Burton Point.

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

Jackdaw feeding young on Burton Marsh, July 2nd Les Hall

Swallows in Lower Heswall, July 1st David Thompson

Knot off Little Eye, July 1st Richard smith

Reed Warbler at Burton Mere Wetlands, July 1st

Part of the 10,000 Knot flock by Little Eye, June 28th Allan Hitchmough
We think this is the biggest flock recorded in June on the Dee Estuary since 1971.

Young Kestrel waiting for food, Royal Liverpool Golf Course, Hoylake, June 27th Laurie Stockton

Sedge Warbler near Burton Point, June 26th Bill Wonderley

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."