The most numerous bird species on Burhou is the Lesser Black-backed Gull; with over 1,200 pairs of them nesting on the island they certainly make quite a lot of noise. So far on Burhou the Lesser Black-backed Gulls have just been gathering on the land, but when we get into May they will start to build nests on the ground and lay a clutch of up to 3 eggs each.

But Lesser Black-backed Gulls are not the only Gull species on Burhou. Also look out for the Herring Gull and Great Black-backed Gull. Look out for the following key features to identify which is which.

Lesser Black-backed Gull – smaller than the other 2, bright yellow legs and slate grey wings.

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Herring Gull – larger than Lesser Black-backed Gull but smaller than Greater Black-backed Gull, pink legs and silver-grey wings.

Herring Gull

Herring Gull

Great Black-backed Gull – the largest Gull on Burhou, with pale pink legs and very dark grey wings.

Great Black-backed Gull

Great Black-backed Gull

Watch out for the Herring and Lesser Black-backed Gulls chasing Puffins for their fish later in the season, around June, on the cameras.


Weather Forecast:
Tuesday 16th April

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Wind direction: South Westerly 14mph

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Today's Puffin Fact

Puffins only have a brightly coloured bill for the breeding season, in winter it is smaller and duller.