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Once a breeding species in Dorset but now a winter visitor off-shore.

Photograph by: 
Debby Saunders

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Common Name Kittiwake
Scientific Name Rissa tridactyla
Species Group Birds Gulls Skuas and Terns
Status Scarce
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A medium sized gull off shore with slightly darker grey back and a forked tail

Identification Notes
  • Always seen at sea rather than in harbours and inshore waters
  • Similar to a common gull but darker back and a slightly forked tail
  • There is no breeding colony in Dorset but they are long distance travellers and can be seen occasionally all year round  
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Birds Gulls Skuas and Terns