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HERRING GULL

The Herring Gull is a large widespread Gull found right across the UK.   The Herring Gull has a pale eye, yellow bill with a red dot near the end of its lower beak and pink legs.  It has a white head and neck with grey body and wings with the tips being black.  The Herring Gull does not mature to it's full adult plumage until it is 4 or 5 years old.  There are currently 140,000 pairs breeding in the UK with that number rising to 730,000 during the winter.  I have seen the Herring Gull at many different reserves and in town centres especially at the seaside, but the best place for me is at RSPB Bempton Cliffs as it provides some great photo opportunities. 

Length: 55-67cm (22-26in)

Wingspan: 1.3-1.6 (4¼-5¼ft)

Weight: 750-1,250g (27-45oz)

Average Life: 10-20 years

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