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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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NEW -  The latest Cheshire and Wirral Bird Report is now available. For details CLICK HERE to download PDF file.

April Newsletter now published on this website featuring details about the newly expanded Liverpool Special Protection Area.

Latest Sightings.... (more)

Apr 22
2 Swift *first of spring* two days later than last year - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 male Ring Ouzel seen from garden - Lower Heswall.
1 drake Green-winged Teal off Heswall Fields early morning, also 2 Peregrine, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 74 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Whimbrel, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 12+ Blackcap.
2 Garganey (pair) - Decca Pools.
1 Wood Warbler stll in wood by car park - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 male Ring Ouzel and 1 Yellowhammer in paddock behind - Leasowe Lighthouse.

Apr 21
1 drake Green-winged Teal off Heswall Fields at 8am.
2 Garganey (pair) - Decca Pools.
1 Puffin (distant) and 2 Grasshopper Warbler -  Hilbre.
1 male Redstart and 1 Whinchat off Park Lane, 2 Yellow Wagtail in horse paddocks late afternoon - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Wood Warbler stll singing in wood by car park - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Red KIte circled over Newton at about 1pm then flew towards Hoylake, then ove Whaley Lane, Irby, at 5.30pm.
1 male Redstart - Burton Point.
1 Arctic Skua flying east - Meols Shore.

Apr 20
7 Little Tern (first ones back) and 50 Sandwich Tern - Gronant.
1 Red Kite flying south by Leasowe Station at 8.30am.
1 Garden Warbler (Lingham Lane), 1 Whimbrel on groyne, 2 Sandwich Tern, 1 Whinchat and 1 male Common Redstart - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 late Redwing, 1 Whinchat, 1 Tree Pipit and 1 Common Sandpiper - Hilbre.
1 Wood Warbler singing in wood by car park - Burton Mere Wetlands.
590 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection off Column Road, West Kirby.
13 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore.

The April Newsletter includes:
Liverpool Bay SPA, 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.


Yellow Wagtail by Leasowe Lighthouse, April 21st Graham Connolly

Common Redstart by Leasowe Lighthouse David Wilson

Pair of Garganey on Decca Pools, April 21st Mark Woodhead

Blackcap on Hilbre, April 19th Matt Thomas

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."