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Herring Gull
Herring Gull
Herring Gull sites cared for by the Trust
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Fair Isle

Fair Isle

Herring Gulls can be found all around the Scottish coast including Fair Isle but the largest colony at a Trust property is on Murray's Isles

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A common sight around Scottish fishing boats, the largest colony on NTS property is on Murray’s Isles in the Solway.

Adult birds have light grey backs with white under parts and black wing tips with white edges. Their legs are pink bills are yellow marked with a red spot.


Predator, scavenger and pirate taking almost anything.

Nest site

Rocky coasts, salt marshes, fields, rocky islands, islets and a variety of buildings. Mound of vegetation with cup lined with finer material.


Mid April to mid June where 3 eggs are laid.


Resident or dispersive to a varying degree.


UK, southern Ireland, southern Europe, Faeroes, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia.