What do they look like?
Somewhat similar to the herring gull but slightly smaller in size, lesser black-backed gulls are dark grey above and white below, with a white head. They have a distinctive yellow beak and yellow legs.
When can I see them in Scotland?
Where can I see them in Scotland?
Lesser black-backed gulls can be spotted around the Scottish coast and are also increasingly common in urban habitats like fields, lochs, and reservoirs.
In the UK, bird species with breeding, passage or wintering populations are assessed by experts and assigned to the Red, Amber or Green lists of conservation concern. Lesser black-backed gulls are currently an ‘Amber’ listed species.