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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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26 March, 2015

Lesser Black-backed Gull: less black on the back | Nature Notes from Dorset

Amongst the more common gulls we have all year round here in Dorset (great black-backed, herring and black-headed) we get a number of other visitors from the family. The lesser black-backed gull (Larus fuscus) is not an uncommon species in winter around our shores, and it is always worth having a closer look at any gull with a dark back to see if it is 'lesser' rather than 'greater'.
As you might expect, the lesser black-backed gull is smaller than the greater and the lesser's back is less black than the greater's

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