• Reserve round-up: week commencing 13 January

    Recent sightings


    Its been a fantastic week with everything from robins starting to sign again to the classic Winter visitors still showing well like (ringtail) hen harriers at Burton Mere Wetlands.

    This week’s sightings have been for everyone from the novice to the more experienced wildlife watchers starting their new list for 2020 or just simply coming getting for a nice walk and some fresh air.

    The waders this…

    • 18 Jan 2020
  • Reserve round-up: week commencing 06 January

    Posted on behalf of Katie Ellis


    Recent sightings

    Waders have been on top form this week with lots of the expected types of birds seen including dunlinruffredshankblack-tailed godwitcurlew and golden plover residing on the scrape and over at Inner Marsh Farm hide. We’ve also been treated to sightings of up to 7 spotted redshanks on the scrape and a green sandpiper was seen at the end of the day on Friday. Flocks of la…

    • 11 Jan 2020
  • Reserve round-up: week commencing 30 December

    Happy New Year to everyone from the Dee Estuary team.

    It has been a brilliantly busy start to our year at Burton Mere Wetlands. For starters this week we’ve had the water pipit that had been somewhat elusive in December, now a good spot to look out for it is from the Gorse Covert Woodland. From the bench there is a view looking across to the farmers muck heaps where it seems to like to hide behind. Spotted redshan…

    • 4 Jan 2020
  • Highlights from my first year at the Dee

    I have been here now for 15 months and I’m loving it now more than ever!


    My favourite project while working at the Dee has been managing the Point of Ayr nature reserve. As assistant warden I get to organise allot of the management there. This year that involved the Winter Wardening Scheme and carrying out Breeding Bird Surveys and managing the little tern project there.

    This year at the Point of Ayr was the best…

    • 27 Dec 2019
  • Reserve round-up: week commencing 16 December

     This weeks blog was written by Matthew Scarborough our newest residential volunteer.

    Recent sightings

    Here at Burton Mere Wetlands we’ve had another excellent week for wildlife. Our resident stoat seems even more active than usual and has been spotted quite a few times this week leaping around the wetland.

    It has been another great week for raptors with regular sightings of marsh harriers, buzzards and kestrels

    • 21 Dec 2019
  • Reserve round-up: week commencing 9 December

    Recent sightings

    Wet and windy sums up the week! Nevertheless the wildlife at Burton Mere Wetlands is here to cheer us up in times of gloom.

    So despite the weather, the waders and wildfowl have not disappointed. Out the back on the wet grassland area the waders have great wet habitat to feed on, so a lot of them are spending time out there. The main scrape thankfully has still had some gems like dunlinruffspotted reds…

    • 13 Dec 2019
  • Reserve round-up: week commencing 2 December

     This weeks blog was written by Matthew Scarborough our newest residential volunteer.

    Recent sightings

    Here at Burton Mere Wetlands we’ve had a great week for all sorts of birds. For waders there has been lovely views of thousands of lapwings as well as black-tailed godwit, curlew, dunlin, golden plover, ruff, redshank and snipe across the reserve but particularly well straight from the Visitor Centre.

    Winter wildfowl…

    • 7 Dec 2019
  • My Introduction to Burton Mere - Matthew Scarborough

    Posted on behalf of Matt, our newest residential volunteer.

    Hello there, I’m Matthew Scarborough. A young and driven conservationist with a love for the outdoors and everything in it. My journey has brought me here to the amazing Burton Mere Wetlands where I’ll be a residential volunteer for the foreseeing months.

                                                                    Stood outside Burton Mere Visitor…

    • 4 Dec 2019
  • Reserve round-up: week commencing 25 November

    Recent sightings

    Even with the slightly soggy and dank weather we’ve still been having some wonderful wildlife spectacles. It was waders galore on Thursday, with over 100 golden plover, 50+ dunlin, ruff, spotted redshank, 40+ snipe, over 4000 lapwing and over 1400 black-tailed godwit counted across the wet grassland and main scrape from the Bunker Hide area. 

    Three bearded tits have been seen again on Wednesday first…

    • 30 Nov 2019
  • Reserve round-up: week commencing 18 November

    Recent sightings

    Grab your binoculars, help yourself to a cuppa, and settle in for a frosty but fantastic week at Burton Mere Wetlands!

    This week was off to a promising start on Monday, greeting us on the reserve with a crisp autumnal day and great visibility throughout, topped off by a stunning starling murmuration against a sublime sunset in the evening. The scrape was well-populated by black-tailed godwits and other waders…

    • 23 Nov 2019
  • Reserve round-up: week commencing 11 November

    Written by, and posted on behalf of volunteer Eliza...

    Recent sightings

    Slightly lower water levels on the main scrape have allowed the numbers of waders present to build up again, perhaps driven in by wet and windy weather. There are good numbers of black-tailed godwit showing alongside a few ruff, and a solitary green sandpiper was spotted at the back of the scrape. Plenty of teal are present as usual with shoveler and…

    • 16 Nov 2019
  • Merely One Week In!

    Hello! I'm Jess, the new residential volunteer here at Burton Mere. This is my first blog post. Enjoy!
    • 13 Nov 2019
  • Reserve round-up: week commencing 04 November

    Recent sightings

    It has been a great week with the cattle egret returning after going missing for a week and the same with the bittern down at Parkgate which was seen again Wednesday. Parkgate can be a great spot at this time of year. If you head down late afternoon you may be lucky enough to spot the bittern coming into roost in the reedbed, along with short-eared owl, hen harrier and marsh harrier.

    Speaking of egrets…

    • 7 Nov 2019
  • Reserve round-up: week commencing 28 October

    Recent sightings

    Last weekend's heavy rainfall left us with higher than usual water levels across much of Burton Mere Wetlands this week. As a result, wildfowl were the dominant presence, namely the usual variety of teal, shoveler, wigeon, pintail, gadwall, and shelduck. Plenty of waders were still present, just pushed onto the wet grassland in shallower water with over 1000 black-tailed godwit present, vast flocks…

    • 2 Nov 2019
  • Reserve round-up: week commencing 21 October

    Recent sightings

    With the mostly mild weather we have had this week there have been some lovely days filled with migrant hawker and common darter dragonflies along with loads of comma and red admiral butterflies basking in the sunshine.

    Visitors are still seeing water voles in the ditches and from Marsh Covert Hide. Another little mammal, a weasel was photographed with its dinner earlier in the week.

    Linnet, siskin, stonechat…

    • 24 Oct 2019
  • Reserve round-up: week commencing 07 October

    Recent sightings

    Considering the very unpredictable weather the last couple of weeks the wildlife has been great! Still have dragonflies and some butterflies around. Stoat sightings on the rise along with water voles!

     Migrant hawker dragonfly: Paul Jubb

    Much of the same fantastic birds around since the last few weeks. Inner Marsh Farm Hide is the place to see waders in great numbers like the black-tailed godwits and

    • 12 Oct 2019
  • Reserve round-up: week commencing 16 September

    Recent sightings

    What a wonderful bit of sunshine we have had this week. It has meant splendid sightings of dragonflies and butterflies like common darter and one of my personal favourites speckled wood butterfly.

    Still some great waders around too. Up to fifteen ruff on the main scrape, loads of snipe peppered across the reserve and at times two little stints almost always with a flock of dunlin. Other waders included;…

    • 22 Sep 2019
  • Reserve round-up: week commencing 9 September

    Recent sightings

    It has been an eventful week. With little stint still seen in the week on the main scrape and as I post this it has just turned up! Along with a good handful of other waders this week like little-ringed plover, greenshank, green sandpiper, ruff, snipe and dunlin.

     Spot the snipe: Paul Jubb

    Raptors have been good across Burton Mere Wetlands with hen harrier, marsh harrier, peregrine, sparrowhawk, buzzard…

    • 14 Sep 2019
  • Reserve round-up: week commencing 2 September

    Recent Sightings

    Waders continue to steal the show, with regulars black-tailed godwitlapwing, redshank, dunlin and big counts of snipe joined by ruffgreenshank, little ringed plover, green sandpiper, and common sandpiper plus small numbers of knotringed plover and turnstone pushed off the estuary by the big tides at the start of the week.

     Snipe (P.Jubb)

    The first pink-footed geese returned in mid-week, joining growing numbers…

    • 8 Sep 2019
  • Reserve round up: week commencing 26 August

    Recent sightings

    From the Greenway cycle path looking at Burton Point there has been a good view of little owl. Birds of prey over burton marsh have been pretty good with a hen harrier (ringtail) seen frequently, then marsh harrier, peregrine, sparrowhawk, kestrel and hobby are always a about if you spend a bit of time off Denhall Lane or down at Parkgate. Whinchat and Wheatear are another two little gems showing more…

    • 30 Aug 2019
  • Reserve round up: week commencing 12 August

    Recent sightings

    Yet another mixed unsettled week, with the weather reports always needing to be taken with a big pinch of salt here at Burton Mere Wetlands.

    When the sun has made an appearance, the usual gorgeous butterflies have been out like painted lady, wall brown, speckled wood and fabulous dragonflies like southern hawker and emperor. The common lizards have also been catching the eye of our more observant young…

    • 16 Aug 2019
  • Reserve round-up: week commencing 29 July

    This weeks blog is being posted on behalf of Emma Drainey.

    Recent sightings

    This week marks the return of the geese onto the scrape with Canada geese and greylag geese both building in numbers. Snipe and water rail are also increasing in number with them being spotted on the scrape and at Marsh Covet Hide. A great egret has been making an appearance in and around the reception pool, joining the green sandpiper as an almost…

    • 2 Aug 2019
  • Time flies when you're having fun!

    It only seems like yesterday that I posted Emma's first blog but this is her last week of her short stint as a residential volunteer here at the Dee Estuary reserve. Here's her farewell blog, rounding up her experiences and highlights from her time here.

    I have spent just over two months here at Burton Mere Wetlands, half of that for dissertation research, and already my time as a residential volunteer is coming…

    • 30 Jul 2019
  • Reserve round-up: week commencing 22 July

    This weeks blog is being posted on behalf of Emma Drainey.

    Recent sightings

    The hot weather this week has let the butterflies and dragonflies steal the show, with peacock butterfly, brown hawker dragonfly and a hummingbird hawkmoth.

     Image: Brown hawker by Neil Francis

    Luckily the thunderstorms didn’t scare away any of the birds with great white egret juveniles still being seen with the adults. A spotted redshan…

    • 27 Jul 2019
  • Reserve round-up: week commencing 15 July

    This weeks blog is being posted on behalf of Emma Drainey.

    Recent sightings

    The waders this week have stayed consistent with avocet, lapwing and redshank all feeding up for their upcoming migrations. Green sandpiper and ruff have continued to hang around the scrape, with the spotted redshank remaining at Inner Marsh Farm hide. Once again, the Mediterranean gulls have been showing nicely, both adults and juvenile alike…

    • 19 Jul 2019