Herring gulls have light grey backs, white under parts and black wing tips. Their legs are pink with webbed feet, they have hooked yellow bills marked with a red spot. Young birds are mottled brown, these mature and start breeding around 4 years of age. Their breeding season is from April to June, during which time they lay 3 eggs whose incubation time is around 30 days. The young are dependent on their parents for the first 3 months.
Inland urban Herring gulls now far out number their coast dwelling counterparts and coastal breeding sites are becoming rarer. These highly intelligent birds live where pickings come easy and with our land fill sites and sprawling town centres getting food involves little effort. Gulls prefer to nest on high vantage points and are not bothered about exposed locations. Many buildings offer ideal nesting sites, popular positions are on roofs, up against chimneys, along gullies and behind parapet walls.
Gulls can live for up to 30 years.
Bird netting is a highly effective means of excluding Herring Gulls from an area. It's available in different colours to minimise visual impact. Bird netting installed by Birdteq uses high quality stainless steel fittings for long life.