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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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January Newsletter now published on this website featuring Top Ten Photographs, also Colour Ring Report and December Bird News.
Newsletters going back to March 1998 can be read, they are indexed both month by month and by subject matter.

Latest Sightings....

Jan 20
1 Mediterranean Gull on fence post along Park Lane - Leasowe Lighthouse.
30 Twite - Bettisfield cob, Bagillt.

Jan 19
6 Purple Sandpiper - New Brighton Marine Lake.
1 Little Stint - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Top of Page

Mediterranean Gull enjoying the rain at Park Lane, Leasowe, January 20th Steve Williams

Greenshank on Leasowe Shore, January 18th Graham Parry

Grey male Hen Harrier at Heswall, January 16th Frank Burns

Curlew at Heswall, January 15th Frank Burns

Kingfisher at Leasowe, January 13th Graham Parry

Kingfisher on Leasowe Shore, January 9th Sally Beever

Raven on Hoylake Shore, January 4th Roy Lowry

Whooper Swans on Burton Marsh, January 3rd Paul Ralston

Grey Phalarope between Flint and Bagillt, January 3rd Dhivan Jones

Snow Bunting at Hoylake, December 31st Peter Sutton

Snow Bunting at Hoylake, December 30th Chris Wilding

Purple Sandpiper on Hilbre, December 28th Allan Hitchmough

Redshank and Brent Goose at West Kirby Marine Lake, December 26th Les Hall

Snow Buntings on Little Eye, December 26th Steve Williams

Grey male Hen Harrier at Parkgate, December 24th Richard Smyth

Goldeneye on West Kirby Marine Lake, December 24th Peter Sutton

Purple Sandpiper at New Brighton, December 17th  Roy Lowry

Hen Harrier at Parkgate, December 15th Richard Smyth

Stonechat on West Kirby marsh, 15th December Roy Lowry

Knot at Hoylake, December 14th Mark Woodhead

Peregrine chasing a knot over West Kirby Marine Lake, December 15th Richard Steel

Knot on the mud at Meols, December 12th Richard Smith

Water Pipit over Neston Marsh, December 7th Peter Sutton

Mistle Thrush at Leasowe, December 5th Graham Parry

Glaucous Gull at Burton Mere Wetlands, December 4th Peter Sutton

Knots busy feeding at Meols on the rising tide, December 2nd 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.