Herring gulls are large, noisy gulls found throughout the year around our coasts – and inland around rubbish tips, ploughed fields, large reservoirs and lakes. Adults have light grey backs, white underparts, and black wingtips with white ‘mirrors’. Their legs are pink, with webbed feet and they have heavy, slightly hooked bills marked with a red spot. Young birds are mottled brown. They have suffered moderate declines over the past 25 years and over half the UK breeding population is confined to fewer than ten sites.
Seagull and other wild birds
All wild birds in Scotland are given protection under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. Some rare, threatened or vulnerable species are given extra protection – for instance against disturbance during the breeding season.