Great Black-backed Gull: wonderful gliders | Nature Notes from Dorset

The great black-backed gull (Larus marinus) is quite common along the Dorset coast although by no means as numerous as the black-headed or herring gulls but you can potentially see them anywhere along the coastline from the harbours to the cliffs. 
They do not seem to be keen on the company of other great black-backs and prefer to hang around with other species of gulls and it is quite usual to see a couple in amongst a flock of other gulls.
 
They are by far the biggest of the common three and, indeed, of all the gulls we get in Dorset. They have, as their name implies (which is not always a good guide!) a very dark back. 

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