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Nature Notes: King's Lynn Hardwick industrial estate gull colony in a good breeding year for birds in spring

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I think it has probably been a good breeding year for our birds. We have happily avoided any extreme weather at key times in the spring.

Certainly in our garden we have had blackbirds, house sparrows, robins, wrens, great tits and dunnocks fledge and I have encountered lots of young birds when I have been out and about.

I have been monitoring the progress of the lesser black-backed and herring gull colony at the Hardwick industrial estate. They nest on the roof-tops of the less steeply pitched industrial buildings – apparently with a particular penchant for the older, lichen-clad asbestos roofing.

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