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A sea bird that nests on ledges on the limestone cliffs of Purbeck and Portland


Photograph by: 
Peter Orchard
Common Name Guillemot
Scientific Name Uria aalge
Status Locally frequent
Interest Level
  • 01 - January
  • 02 - February
  • 03 - March
  • 04 - April
  • 05 - May
  • 10 - October
  • 11 - November
  • 12 - December
Preferred Environment
  • Open sea
  • Rocky cliffs and shores
Look for Penguin shaped birds on rocky cliff ledges
Additional Identification Notes
  • Fair size nesting colonies can be found at Durslton and on Portland
  • Often seen floating on the sea at the bottom of the cliffs, usually in straight lines!
  • Our most numerous and often seen member of the auk family 
Similar Species

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

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Auks Petrels Shearwaters and Gannets