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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 Black Tern Spring Passage 2017.

Latest Sightings.... (more)

Jul 27
1 Wood Sandpiper and 1 Great White Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Peregrine, 350 Dunlin, 4100 Redshank, 1000 Curlew, 9 Whimbrel, 1ad Mediterranean Gull - Heswall Shore.

Jul 26
1 Peregrine, 400 Dunlin, 3350 Redshank, 900 Curlew, 3 Whimbrel, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull, 1 Yellow Wagtail - Heswall Shore.
1 Common Sandpiper and 1,250 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
2 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Spotted Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper and 2 Great White Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jul 25
1 Mediterranean Gull (ad) - West Kirby Shore on rising tide.
1 Arctic Skua, 6 Whimbrel, 1 Willow Warbler and 1 Wheatear - Hilbre.
2 Little Tern, 3 Arctic Tern, 24 Common Tern (8 juv) and 113 Sandwich Tern (30 juv) -  Hoylake Shore.
1 Common Sandpiper on the groyne, also 3 Mediterranean Gull after high tide - Meols Shore.
3 Red Kite flying behind Connah's Quay Reserve, 4 Spotted Redshank and 3 Common Redstart on the reserve.
1 Hobby - Heswall Marsh off Seabank Road.
3 Great White Egret - Burton Point.
4 Spoonbill flew high over Burton Mere Wetlands towards Burton Marsh this evening, also 3 Mediterranean Gull (ad and 2 juvs), 250 Black-tailed Godwit and 5 Ruff.

Jul 24
1 Ruff and 1,100 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
4 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore.
1 Redstart (juv) in scrub and 1 Grasshopper Warbler - Burton Point.

The July Newsletter includes:

Black Tern Spring Passage 2017, 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.

Black-tailed Godwits at Caldy, July 27th Richard Smith
Can you spot the colour-ringed bird? It was ringed in Scotland in 2015.

Great White Egret at Burton Mere Wetlands, July 21st Elliot Montieth

Ringed Plovers on Hilbre, July 25th   Matt Thomas

Sandwich Tern at Hoylake, July 24th   Roy Lowry

Juvenile Redstart at Burton Point, July 24th   Frank Burns

Dunlin at Hoylake, July 24th   Roy Lowry

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."