Seagulls are a traditional part of the seaside environment, and many people regard them with affection as an integral part of living or holidaying by the sea. Some though, are concerned about their increasing presence in urban areas.
The word seagull is actually an informal way of referring to any of the species that belong to the family Laridae, the gulls. There is not actually a single species called the seagull.
There are seven species of gulls which breed regularly in the UK:
- Black-headed gull
- Herring gull
- Great black-backed gull
- Lesser black-backed gull
- Mediterranean gull
- Common gull
There are more species but the seven above are the ones you can find regularly in the UK.