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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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Wirral Borough Council have issued a statement about the Gilroy Scrape (February 9th 2017), download it by clicking here.

February Newsletter now published on this website featuring Tracking Knots.

Latest Sightings.... (more)

Feb 26
9 Waxwing by Boathouse Pub, Parkgate at 1130am and still there at 2pm when they flew off but still plenty of berries, also 1 Hen Harrier (male) and 2 Peregrine.
1 Goosander (redhead) - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Greenshank by groyne - Meols Shore.
50 Twite by West Hide, 4 Spotted Redshank and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Crossbill (seen from second screen) and 1 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Feb 25
30 Twite by West Hide, 3 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Peregrine, 2000 Knot, 1300 Redshank, 430 Curlew, 470 Black-tailed Godwit - Heswall Shore as tide came in.
2 Water Pipit by Neston Sewage Works.
1 Short-eared Owl - Denhall Quay.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Old Baths, Parkgate.
1 Great White Egret - Burton Marsh.

Feb 24
250 Redshank, 60 Turnstone and 2,000 Dunlin on rocks by West Kirby Marine Lake at high tide.
3 Short-eared Owl and 1 male Hen Harrier - Denhall Quay.
2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Hen Harrier (ringtail and male), 1 Merlin and 1 Short-eared Owl - Old Baths, Parkgate, this evening.

Feb 22
8 Waxwing along Irby Road between Woodlands Road and Townsend Avenue, early morning - Irby.
1 Red Kite over Little Neston this morning (also seen over Easthem early afternoon).
1 Scaup (fem) - Burton Mere Wetlands.

The February Newsletter includes:

Tracking Knots, 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.

Female Scaup at Burton Mere Wetlands, February 22nd Paul Lee

Waxwing in Irby, February 21st Ron Thomas

Redshank with Dunlins and Turnstones at West Kirby Marine Lake, February 13th Richard Smith

Dunlins over West Kirby Marine Lake, February 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."