BIRDS : Gulls : Common Gull

Not common on NTS properties. Small numbers breed on the islands around Iona

Food: Terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates, fish taken by direct predation of food piracy or scavenging.

Nest Site: On small inshore rocky stacks, islets, islands, grass and rocky slopes and cliff ledges, shingle banks and sand dunes. Sites also near lochs, shingle bars, islets, pools, lochans, bogs, grassy and heather moorlands and on open ground. Nest shallow cupped structure of vegetation or seaweed.

Breeding: Mid May to mid June where 3 eggs are laid.

Wintering: Scottish birds mostly winter in the Irish Sea and Ireland.

Distribution: Scotland, western Ireland, Iceland, Faeroes, Norway and Russia, Sweden, Finland.