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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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May Newsletter now published on this website featuring Gronant Little Terns.

Latest Sightings.... (more)

May 22
1 Shorelark - Hilbre.
1 Cuckoo and 1 Turtle Dove (flew over and into private garden) - Red Rocks.
1 Blue-headed Wagtail with a Yellow Wagtail on the marsh at Point of Ayr.

May 21
1 Buff-breasted Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Shorelark - Hilbre.
1 Marsh Harrier (fem) and 2+ Grasshooper - Boathouse, Parkgate.
2 Marsh Harrier (fem) at far edge of Neston Reedbed.

May 20
1 Buff-breasted Sandpiper from Marsh Covert Hide, still present early morning - Burton Mere Wetlands, also 1 Little Gull, 1 Cattle Egret, 2 Great White Egret, 1 Ruff and 2 Cetti's Warbler.
2 Great White Egret - Burton Point.
1 Shorelark still at Hilbre this morning.
1 Hobby - Gronant.

May 19
1 Buff-breasted Sandpiper from Marsh Covert Hide, still present early afternoon, first Cheshire record since 2012, also 1 Cattle Egret, 3 Great White Egret and 1 Spoonbill  - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Shorelark still at Hilbre this morning.

The May Newsletter includes:

Gronant Little Terns, 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.

Buff-breasted Sandpiper and Little Ringed Plover at Burton Mere Wetlands, May 19th
Elliot Montieth

Buff-breasted Sandpiper with Black-tailed Godwit and Snipe, Burton Mere Wetlands May 19th
Steve Williams

Shorelark on Hilbre, May 18th Alan Hitchmough

A nice garden tick! Hoopoe in a back garden at Burlingham Avenue, West Kirby, May 16th
Deborah Evans

Shorelark on Hilbre, May 14th Alan Hitchmough

Spotted Flycatcher along Park Lane, Meols, May 13th Les Hall

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."