Herring gulls: Villain or victim?

A few weeks ago I rescued a herring gull chick from the pavement in Aberystwyth, after it fell from it’s nest unable to fly. Unfortunately the fall had resulted in a broken leg and this was so badly damaged there was nothing that could be done but to take the bird to a vet and…

Song and dance

There was a complete absence of birds to be found around the harbour today, aside from a pair of herring gulls wandering around the grass in search of earthworms. Despite their reputation for a love of chips and leftovers, earthworms are in fact their preferred natural diet, along with fish, molluscs, invertebrates, eggs, and occasionally…

Young gulls

It is nearing the end of summer, and for most birds the breeding season is over for another year.¬†For the Herring Gulls though, their work isn’t over just yet. The gulls begin nesting from late May onward and usually lay a clutch of around 3 eggs. Chicks remain in the nest for up to 40-50…