Name: Gannet

Scientific name: Morus bassanus

Category: Birds

Nature Stars: 60

What are nature stars?


One of our largest seabirds, with a wingspan of almost 2 metres. Nests in large colonies at a handful of places, mostly Scottish islands but also single sites in Wales, north east England and small numbers in the Channel Islands. Feeds on fish, which it catches by diving head-first into the sea!

How to identify: Easily identified: a big white bird with black wing tips and a yellowish head.

Where: Nests on coastal cliffs around the north of Britain. Can be seen around most of our coasts during migration.

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 70
  • Agility: 60
  • Rarity: 40
  • Cute factor: 30
  • Traveller: 90

Fantastic fact: 70% of the world's gannet population, more than 200,000 pairs, nests around the coasts of Great Britain.

Photograph credit: Karl Franz

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