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Sea going bird seen only off shore from the Dorset coast.


 

 

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Common Name Gannet
Scientific Name Morus bassanus
Status Local
Interest Level
3
Species Family Auks, Petrels, Shearwaters and Gannets
Visible
  • 01 - January
  • 02 - February
  • 03 - March
  • 04 - April
  • 05 - May
  • 06 - June
  • 07 - July
  • 08 - August
  • 09 - September
  • 10 - October
  • 11 - November
  • 12 - December
Preferred Environment
  • Open sea
Look for Large white birds with black wing tips flying out at sea
Additional Identification Notes
  • Gannets cannot be seen on land in Dorset but are constantly seen passing by out at sea often diving in to the wter for fish
  • The nearest nesting colony is on Alderney in the Channel Islands and it is believed most of the birds we sea from the Dorset cliffs are from there
  • Unmistakable even from a distant with their sleek lines and white plumage with black wing tips