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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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02 April, 2015

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. 

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