However, no further studies have been carried out at the site due to the difficulties of viewing and the tight security.
I decided to visit the site about two week ago and I found a large mixed breeding colony of gulls. I was able to get views of at least three pairs of Lesser Black-backed Gulls that were incubating eggs and I also saw three pairs of Herring Gulls with a total of eight chicks between them. There will be many more breeding pairs, as I estimate there is a minimum of 200 gulls present although some are immature.
|A Breeding Pair of Lesser Black-backed Gulls (Larus fuscus graellsi) in Leicester|
This is the first confirmed breeding record for Herring Gulls in Leicestershire and the record of the breeding Lesser Black-backed Gulls supports Dave's sighting in July 2013.
I have managed to get a view of the roof in two places, but much of it is still hidden from me. What makes this site so attractive to gulls is that there is a re-cycling plant over the road, which offers a plentiful supply of food. At the time of writing I have not got permission from either of the companies whose properties the gulls are using, but I am working on it.
|Can You Spot the Herring Gull Chicks?|
|Lesser Black-backed Gull, D+M, Leicester|
|Lesser Black-backed Gull, JND, Leicester|
Unfortunately the building is set to be demolished soon, so it will be a case of having to search for a new breeding area.