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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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March Newsletter now published on this website, 'deeestuary' is 20 years old this month! Also see some important information about Connah's Quay Nature Reserve.

Latest Sightings.... (more)

Mar 24
2 Water Pipit - Neston Sewage Works.
1 Wheatear - Meols Common.
1 Barn Owl by Wirral Way, Heswall, early morning.
1 Scaup (fem) - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Great White Egret - Denhall Quay.
1 Hen Harrier (grey male) - Parkgate Marsh.
1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Great White Egret - Neston Reedbed.

Mar 23
1 Scaup and 14 Brent Geese - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Wheatear by sheep pens - Burton Point.
2 Hen Harrier (male and ringtail) - Decca Pools.
1 Water Pipit, 6 Chiffchaff and 70 Meadow Pipit - Neston Sewage Works.
2 Great White Egret - Donkey stand flash, Parkgate.
7 Whooper Swan, 90 Avocet and 1 Marsh Harrier - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Short-eared Owl - Denhall Quay.
4 Raven displaying including one sitting on top of the lighthouse - Leasowe Lighthouse.

Mar 22
4 Little Gull off Leasowe Lighthouse at 10am, also 3 Red-throated Diver and 1 Guillemot.
1 Marsh Harrier - Heswall Marsh.
1 Green Woodpecker on Wirral Way - Thurstaston.
1 Water Pipit, 1 Hen Harrier (male), 1 Cetti's Warbler and 5 Chiffchaff - Neston Old Quay and sewage works.
1 Great White Egret, 1 Wheatear and 1 Stonechat - Burton Point.
90 Avocet, 6 Whooper Swan, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Water Pipit and 1 Great White Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Mar 21
9 Little Gull and 5 Eider - Hilbre.
2 Scaup (pair) - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 White Wagtail and 2 Wheatear - Municipal Golf Course, Hoylake.
1 Water Pipit and 1 Great White Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Short-eared Owl - Denhall Quay.

The March Newsletter includes:
"The Joy of Birds", important information about Connah's Quay Nature Reserve, 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.


Whooper Swans at Burton Mere Wetlands (IMF hide), March 23rd Les Hall

Short-eared Owl at Denhall Quay, March 23rd Roy Wilson

Merlin at Burton Mere Wetlands, March 20th Bruce Hogan

Brent Goose at West Kirby Marine Lake, March 20th Charles Farnell

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."