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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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June Newsletter now published on this website featuring Wetland Bird Survey 2019/20, Redpolls and May Bird News.
Newsletters going back to March 1998 can be read, they are indexed both month by month and by subject matter.

Latest Sightings....

Jun 18
1 Spoonbill, 1 Cattle Egret and 1 Little Ringed Plover - Burton Mere Wetlands.
A family of Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers observed moving through gardens in  Burton.

Jun 17
1 Eider and a very unseasonable Lapwing - Hilbre.

Jun 16
1 Marsh Harrier (male) - Parkgate.

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Spoonbills at Burton Mere Wetlands, June 4th Mark Woodhead

Bittern at Burton Mere Wetlands, June 4th Mark Woodhead

Marsh Harrier at Parkgate, June 1st Roy Wilson

Spotted Flycatcher at Burton Mere Wetlands, May 28th John Hewitt

Wood Sandpiper at 'Pasture Flash', Moreton, May 24th Peter Sutton

Bonaparte's Gull at Burton Mere Wetlands, May 23rd Peter Sutton

Bonaparte's Gull at Burton Mere Wetlands, May 23rd John Hewitt

Common Crane on Burton Marsh, May 16th Geoffrey Robinson

Redpoll and Siskin on Hilbre, May 14th Allan Hitchmough

Wood Warbler at Leasowe, May 12th Peter Sutton

Reed Warbler, Burton Mere Wetlands Bill Wonderley

Sedge Warbler on Burton Marsh, May 12th Mark Woodhead

Spotted Flycatcher, Leasowe Lighthouse, May 10th Jason King

Grasshopper Warbler at Leasowe, April 9th Elaine White

Whinchat at Leasowe, May 9th Richard Steel

Hoopoe at Hoylake, May 9th Peter Sutton

Hoopoe at Hoylake, May 9th Allan Conlin

Red Knot at Meols, May 8th Richard Smith

Lesser Whitethroat at Leasowe, May 7th Peter Sutton

Cuckoo on Burton Marsh, May 6th Allan Conlin

Linnet at Neston, May 5th Roy Wilson

Chiffchaff at Cleaver Heath, Heswall, May 5th Les Hall

Summer plumaged Knot and Grey Plover at Meols, May 4th Richard Smith

Reed Warbler at Leasowe, May 2nd

Sedge Warbler at Leasowe, May 2nd

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.