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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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August Newsletter now published on this website featuring Goosanders on the Dee Estuary, also Colour Ring Report and July Bird News.

Latest Sightings....

A video about the Little Tern Colony at Gronant, narrated by Iolo Williams, is now on YouTube:

Aug 13
5,700 Redshank at high tide this morning - Heswall Shore.
1 Spotted Crake
, 1 Cattle Egret, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Ruff and 1 Avocet - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Marsh Harrier flew south - Lingham Lane, Moreton.
7 Spoonbill, 40 Little Egret, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Ruff, and 14 Greenshank - Boathouse flash, Parkgate.

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

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Grooming session at Parkgate, August 12th Chris Wilding

Hobby over Burton Marsh (by Net's Cafe), August 11th Steve Round

Black Tern with Sandwich Tern at Red Rocks, August 8th Jeff Cohen

Shags off Hilbre, August 6th Elliot Montieth

Manx Shearwater off Hilbre, August 6th Elliot Montieth

Great Egret and Water Rail at Parkgate, August 6th Roy Wilson

A nice close-up of a Great Egret, Burton Mere Wetlands, August 4th Mark Woodhead

Common Terns off Hilbre, August 3rd Richard Smith

Black-tailed Godwits at Caldy Wildfowl Collection, August 2nd Richard Smith

Sparrowhawk over Gronant, July 31st Mark Woodhead

Juvenile Pied Flycatcher at Leasowe, July 31st David Haigh

Sedge Warbler at Leasowe Lighthouse, July 26th Jeremy Bradshaw

Wheatear at Flint Dock, July 28th Jeff Cohen

Redshank on Meols Shore, July 26th Charles Farnell

Spoonbills at Parkgate, July 25th Roy Wilson

Starling which appears to be pure albino at Red Rocks, July 21st Matthew Gardiner

Medterranean Gull with Black-headed Gulls, West Kirby, July 21st Richard Smith

Sandwich Terns by Middle Eye, July 19th Allan Hitchmough

Juvenile Wheatear at Burton farm, July 18th Tim Kinch

Sandwich Terns on West Kirby Shore, July 17th Richard Smith
Also a YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlUCVkufqnU

A very early juvenile Black-tailed Godwit at Caldy Wildfowl Collection, July 14th Richard Smith

A Common Tern with Sandwich Terns, just off Hilbre on East Hoyle Bank, July 13th Richard Smith

Little Terns at Gronant, July 12th Carole Killikelly

Black-tailed Godwits just in from Iceland, Caldy, July 10th Richard Smith

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.
Copyright 2020 Richard Smith | Header Photograph of Black-tailed Godwits Steve Round.