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Great Shearwater

Most frequently seen off Britain's Atlantic coast and rarely comes as far east as Dorset 

Photograph by: 
Brett Spencer

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Common Name Great Shearwater
Scientific Name Puffinus gravis
Species Group Birds Shearwaters Petrels Auks and Cormorants
Status Very rare
Interest Level
  • 07 - July
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A largish, sleek seabird with long pointed wings; dark on the back and light underneath 

Identification Notes


  • This is a rare species and statistically you are unlikely to see it but if you do ...

  • Try and get a second opinion if you can and/or try to get the best photograph you can

  • Be sure to report the sighting to the Dorset Bird Club saying where you saw it and why you think it was this species

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Similar Species

The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Notebook Sites List Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Recent Records Guidance Notes

To see related species click here: 

Birds Shearwaters Petrels Auks and Cormorants