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Mediterranean Gull

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Common Name Mediterranean Gull
Scientific Name Larus melanocephalus
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Related Species Gulls and Skuas
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A rare breeding species in Poole Harbour and a scarce wintering species, especially around Weymouth. 


Contributors to the Nature of Dorset have seen this species at these locations:

Please note that the markers show APPROXIMATE locations of the observation, not exact locations! You can find often find out more information about location by looking at the original tweet. Click on any marker to see the name of the location and then click on the location name to see more details about the site where available.

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This chart shows the number of records per month for this species where there are records (see note below):

The intention of this chart is to show which months during the year this species is most likely to be seen. The total per month is across all years; to see the total for a particular year select that year in the filter at the top.

This chart shows the number of records per day for this species for up to the last 30 days for which there are records for this species (see note above). Hover over any column to see the date and the number of records:

These are some photographs of this species that have accompanied tweets from Twitter contributors. Click/tap a photo to see the original version.

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Mediterranean Gull Ferrybridge (still hoping for a large white-winged gull)
Tweet Date:
14/01/2017 - 20:45
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RT @Thewyrewagtail: Full range of 'hoods' on the adult Med Gulls at @RSPBWeymouth today, but v few young birds.
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23/02/2017 - 07:15
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One word, if it is a word. PHWOARR!!!
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04/03/2017 - 19:00
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Great AM mainly at Studland almost 1000 pics taken so still processing, but here's a few, Med Gull at Studland
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06/03/2017 - 17:30
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Just can't get enough of these beauties at the moment.
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16/03/2017 - 14:15
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Great day out on Brownsea Island - several handsome summer plumage Med Gulls showing well on the lagoon
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11/04/2017 - 22:15
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Med Gull, one of a small flock at Ferrybridge. 05-07-17
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06/07/2017 - 07:45
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Charmouth River: Another Med Gull in with the BHG's today.

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03/10/2017 - 16:39
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Med Gull Radipole - Weymouth, Dorset @RSPBWeymouth @DorsetWildlife

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25/11/2017 - 21:07
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The original tweets from which these records have been derived:

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Record Datesort ascending Recorded at Recorded by Tweet
17/01/2018 - 19:01 Retweet

RT @alicksimmons: Winter plumaged Mediterranean and Black-headed Gulls at Radipole today @DorsetBirdClub @DorsetWildlife @RSPBWeymouth http…

16/01/2018 - 10:23 Ian Ballam

Shell Bay hi-lights, 2 BN Grebe, 2 GN Diver, 43 Sanderling, 34 Grey Plover and 5 Med Gull @harbourbirds @DorsetBirdClub

15/01/2018 - 22:22 Phyl England

A phone pix of Studland this pm 40+ Sanderling100+ Brent Geese - a sprinkling of Mediterranean Gulls,an empty beach…

08/01/2018 - 16:10 Shaun Robson

RT Hen Harrier, 3 Spoonbill, 156 Avocet and Med Gull reward for standing in the bitter cold this evening…

07/01/2018 - 22:25 Mark Wright

Ferrybridge, Dorset A very windy morning! Brent Goose, Med Gull, Brent Goose and Kestrel @RSPBWeymouth…

24/12/2017 - 10:58 Paul Harris

Awesome spectacle at Rodden Hive, thousands of birds including Black Brant, 21 Barnacle and hundreds of Meds.

25/11/2017 - 21:07 Mark Wright

Med Gull Radipole - Weymouth, Dorset @RSPBWeymouth @DorsetWildlife

24/11/2017 - 18:18 Brett Spencer

Adult Mediterranean X Black-headed Gull hybrid again at Radipole Lake today, plus 2 redhead Goosanders came into ro…

21/11/2017 - 17:42 Debby Saunders

Ferrybridge today, around 2600 Brent Geese (with 13 Pale-bellied Brent) and over 400 Med Gulls, here all put up by…

15/11/2017 - 13:29 Mike Morse

Highlights this morning included 2 calling Red-throated Divers (just love that sound), 35 Med Gulls and 2+ Corn Bun…

10/11/2017 - 12:50 RSPB Weymouth

235 Med Gulls, 50 Common, 37 Great Black Backed outside the Discovery Centre window today!

05/11/2017 - 13:51 Debby Saunders

Med Gulls at Ferrybridge

03/11/2017 - 13:36 Mike Morse

Alan B had a ring-tail harrier high west at 8.30....I missed it sadly. Otherwise, an adult male Marsh Harrier east, 11 Meds, 3 Razorbills.

29/10/2017 - 09:45 John Down

Oh, and 250 Med gulls.

25/10/2017 - 10:19 Debby Saunders

240 Med Gulls Ferrybridge and Eider still in the harbour

23/10/2017 - 12:46 Debby Saunders

Ferrybridge 3 Pale-bellied Brent with 1050 Dark-bellied Brent, 130 Med Gulls, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit

22/10/2017 - 18:26 Luke Phillips

Stacks of gulls through #RSPBRadipole tonight but best was 350+ Med Gulls and a 3rd w HG×LBBG hybrid thingy... #nocaspo for me 😐.

22/10/2017 - 17:03 Debby Saunders

Images from Ferrybridge: Pale & Dark-bellied Brent Geese, Med Gull, the 2 long staying Bar-tailed Godwits and a win…

20/10/2017 - 11:04 Debby Saunders

170 Med Gulls at Ferrybridge, Snipe over, Pale-bellied Brent, D-b Brent still arriving

19/10/2017 - 14:45 Freddy Alway

Got soaked this morning but managed Y-b Warbler and 2 Firecrests in the nature res. Also 13 Meds, first double figure count of the autumn.

17/10/2017 - 16:44 Birds Poole Harbour

7 BN Grebe, 1 Com Scoter, 1 Guillemot, 1 juv Gannet, c30 Med Gull and 1 Sarnie Tern settled in Studland Bay @DorsetBirdClub @BirdGuides

04/10/2017 - 10:29 Debby Saunders

Ferrybridge Pale-bellied Brent Goose with 240 Dark-bellied Brent, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls, 130 Med Gulls

03/10/2017 - 16:39 Richard Charmouth

Charmouth River: Another Med Gull in with the BHG's today.

29/09/2017 - 08:47 Ian Ballam

2 L Stint, 1 Curlew Sand, 2 Ruff, 1 Knot & 1 Med Gull #LytchettFields @harbourbirds @NarwhalSh @DorsetBirdClub @BirdGuides

15/09/2017 - 19:52 Jake Alexander

@DorsetBirdClub @RSPBWeymouth @RareBirdAlertUK @BirdGuides Great White Egret & 142 Mediterranean Gull also today at RSPB Lodmoor.

04/09/2017 - 18:20 Richard Charmouth

Charmouth Market Field and Beach: nice Med Gull (probably the same bird seen in both locations). Bathing and in fli…

23/08/2017 - 18:48 Christchurch Harbour Ornithological Group A decent selection of #waders around #ChristchurchHarbour today. Details now at
13/08/2017 - 12:12 Paul Harris 160+ Med Gulls Kimmeridge Bay.
12/08/2017 - 18:50 Paul Harris Squeezed in an hour's birding on a family trip to Portland-Balearic and manx shears, wheatear, med gulls, sanderli…
08/08/2017 - 10:27 Steve Groves BOC shot of 1st juv Common Gull of the year with juv Mediterranean Gull for comparison. Latter a little more advanc…
06/08/2017 - 09:57 Debby Saunders Ferrybridge this morning 78 Med Gulls, Common Tern 1st sum, 3 Sand Martin, 4 Sanderling, Grey Plover, 100+ Ringed Plover
05/08/2017 - 09:36 Ian Ballam Common Tern and Med Gull in roost in FP #LytchettFields @harbourbirds @NarwhalSh
28/07/2017 - 19:15 Tom Brereton West Bay 18.00-19.00: 20 or so Gannets lingering offshore and 2 adult Med Gulls. No seabird passage and enough Twitter space to spell and
22/07/2017 - 17:30 Tom Brereton West Bay this am. Quiet. 3 juv Med Gulls, Oystercatcher, 2 Gannets. Peregrine attacking Little Egret at sea. Not su…
21/07/2017 - 22:30 Birds Poole Harbour No Great Shearwater off Middle Beach, Studland but 7 Common Scoter east, 8 Gannet west and 37 Med Gull (11 juvs) in the bay @DorsetBirdClub
21/07/2017 - 17:15 Tom Brereton West Bay. No seabird passage evident though heavy rain and poor visibility. Just a couple of Med Gulls close inshore
21/07/2017 - 16:30 Mike Morse @NotQuiteScilly Not sure we missed any Corys either..nearly all our birds (180 Gannets, 18 Manx, 40+ Meds etc) were…
21/07/2017 - 08:00 Debby Saunders Ferrybridge this morning 2 Whimbrel, 2 Sanderling, Common Sandpiper, 120 Med Gulls and still arriving
20/07/2017 - 19:00 Freddy Alway 2 lrp.1 com sand marsh harrier. 30 Dunlin good number of med gull. Rodden hive - herbury gore. 2 corn bunting moonfleet. Few sand Martin.
18/07/2017 - 13:30 Ian Ballam 1st juve Med Gull of the year in Lytchett bay with 4 adults also at least 5 Whimbrels @harbourbirds @NarwhalSh
13/07/2017 - 07:15 Debby Saunders Ferrybridge this morning 140 Med Gulls, 27 Dunlin
11/07/2017 - 20:00 Richard Charmouth Lyme Regis, Monmouth Beach: 2 beautiful full summer plumage Med Gulls.
11/07/2017 - 13:15 Mike Morse Our first juvenile Yellow-legged and Med Gulls this am. Also circa. 30 Manx lingering off-shore.
10/07/2017 - 17:15 Debby Saunders Juveniles of Common Tern, Sandwich Tern and Med Gull all at Ferrybridge today
07/07/2017 - 09:30 Debby Saunders Ferrybridge this morning 87 Med Gulls, 11 Dunlin, Grey Plover, Redshank
06/07/2017 - 09:45 Debby Saunders Ferrybridge early this am 30 Sand Martin S, 7 Shelduck E, 4 Sandwich Tern, Grey Plover, 60 Med Gulls and our 1st juvenile Black-headed Gull
06/07/2017 - 07:45 Frank Gardener Med Gull, one of a small flock at Ferrybridge. 05-07-17
05/07/2017 - 16:45 Debby Saunders We saw our 1st juvenile Mediterranean Gulls for this summer at Ferrybridge this morning
05/07/2017 - 07:15 Debby Saunders Ferrybridge this morning 2 juvenile Med Gulls, Grey Plover, 3 Sandwich Tern
03/07/2017 - 21:00 Ian Ballam 1 of the 2 Med Gulls roosting with the BH Gulls at #LytchettFields this evening