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Lesser Black Backed Gull
Lesser Black Backed Gull
Lesser Black Backed Gull sites cared for by the Trust
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Mingulay, Berneray and Pabbay

Mingulay, Berneray & Pabbay

Lesser Black Backed Gulls can be found all around the Scottish coast including Mingulay 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.

Closely related to the Herring Gull, it can be distinguished by its darker back.


Vertebrates and invertebrates, plant material and rubbish and fish at sea by surface plunging and surface diving.

Nest site

Islets in freshwater lochs, short vegetation preferred, sand dunes, moorlands sometimes in deep heather. Nest on ground either open or partly hidden; material include seaweed, grasses and other vegetation lined with finer material.


May to mid June where 3 eggs are laid.


Portugal, south-west Spain, north west Africa, and Bay of Biscay.


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

Other Gull family birds at Trust sites