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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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August Newsletter now published on this website featuring The Wetland Bird Survey 2015/16 and a NEW publication - Rare and Scarce birds of Cheshire and Wirral.

Latest Sightings.... (more)

Aug 16
9 Greenshank, 30 Ringed Plover, 220 Curlew, 1 Kingfisher and 2 Yellow-legged Gull - Connah's Quay Reserve.
29 Great Crested Grebe, 63 Little Egret, 4500 Redshank, 2000 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, also 4 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Lesser Whitethroat at the Sewage Wks -  Heswall Shore.
1 Cattle Egret and 20 Avocet - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Aug 15
1 Wood Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Wheatear on wall near Burton Point, also 1 Green Woodpecker in area.

Aug 14
3,300 Black-tailed Godwits (103 juvs), also 18 Mandarin duck - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine and at least 44 Little Egrets, also 3 juv Yellow Wagtail around the boats near Sheldrakes Restaurant - Heswall Shore.
1 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Aug 13
2 Greenshank on groyne, 1 Wheatear on embankment - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Great White Egret around Shotwick/Saughall area.
1 Cattle Egret flushed by a Peregrine, 2 Yellow Wagtail on Ash Pool and 1 Yellow-legged Gull on Oakenholt Marsh - Connah's Quay Reserve.
15 Common Buzzard 'kettling' over Lower Heswall this afternoon.
3 Great White Egret flew over Burton Point this evening, also 2 Marsh Harrier over the marsh.

Aug 12
1 Red Kite over Little Neston at 5pm.
1 Kingfisher and 1 Green Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Arctic Skua and 1 Great Skua at high tide, 1 Stonechat (juv) on saltmarsh - Red Rocks.

The August Newsletter includes:

The Wetland Bird Survey 2015/16, 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.

Juvenile Black-tailed Godwits at Caldy, August 17th Richard Smith

Cattle Egret with Little Egret and Redshanks, Connah's Quay Reserve, August 13th
Julie Rogers

Nuthatch at Burton Mere Wetlands, August 13th 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."