Fair Isle: The Dream Isle

Fair Isle; it’s a small isolated island no more than three miles long and a mile wide situated in the North Sea just 24 miles south of mainland Shetland. For those reading this who are Birders then this isle of legend needs no introduction, but for those who aren’t here’s a brief description. The isle …

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Bonaparte’s Gull…

Whilst attending the NGB Week at the Bardsey Bird & Field Observatory last week, news came through as I was leaving the island with L. Anderson that a Bonaparte's Gull had just been located at Hoylake, Cheshire. At first I thought Steve was just joking as he does to get us off the island...but he …

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The Census: Gulls & Terns

The European Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) and Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus), are arguably the most familiar ‘seagulls’ we encounter on a daily in Britain. The misconception is that to the general public these iconic creatures are everywhere, they’re a pest that need to be controlled as the population is increasing; but that isn’t the …

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