We want to find out, where black-headed gulls search for food and how much time they spend on it.

Where do they fly to? How long do they fly for suitable food? Do they prefer natural or artificial food sources?

Therefore we would like to track individuals of two big colonies in Western Pomerania and follow them through their breeding season.


project realisation period march 2017 - march 2018

project realisation period march 2017 - march 2018

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The bank account is:

account holder: Universität Greifswald
IBAN: DE 26 1300 0000 0014 0015 18
bank: Deutsche Bundesbank, Filiale Rostock

intended purpose:   7121 040 012 520 Lachmoewen 

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Marcus Gleske

Universität Greifswald

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17489 Greifswald

Mail: marcus.gleske(at)uni-greifswald(dot)de


What is it all about?

The coastline of Germany provides a good breeding area for colony breeders like the black-headed gull. Known dietary sources are insects, earthworms and other animals, mixed with plants and garbage. We want to find out what black-headed gulls from Western Pommerania feed using diet analyses and telemetry. Do they prefer natural or artificial food sources like open waste disposal sites or feeding on beaches?

Even if the black-headed gull is not listed as endangered, the protection of the colony will benefit other species, such as the threatened common tern, which prefers to breed in the safety of large colonies.

Due to our diet analyses we can detect important food sources in which case we can draw conclusions for protective measures. So we may make our contribution to conservation.


Why should this project be supported?

You are interested in nature or have always been fascinated by shorebirds? Than this is the right place to be! Here you can contribute to our project with any amount of money.

We will keep you posted! We will regularly upload current events and inform you with photos and preliminary results.

For donors with a big heart there will be a special thank you. If you donate the whole amount for a transmitter, you will get the sponsorship of your own gull. That means: you can name the bird and you will be informed about its flight path.


What will happen with your donations?

The material for telemetry is the most expensive part of our project. Your donations will go directly in the purchase of 6 transmitters and additional tracking material for the moment. Each transmitter costs 1300€.

If we exceed our goal, we would appreciate when you keep donating. We can order additional transmitters to get a larger amount of data. This would enable us to document differences between sexes or to study how long juvenils depend on their parents.

Who is conducting the project?

The project is carried out by Katja Rahn and Mariann Jurke, supervised by Dr. Angela Schmitz-Ornés from the working group "Vogelwarte" at the University of Greifswald, as well as the Förderverein Uecker-Randow e.V. and other regional partners, such as the Fachgruppe Ornithologie Greifswald.



Katja Rahn, M.Sc.

Zoologisches Institut und Museum


Soldmannstr. 23
17489 Greifswald

Telefon +49 3834 420 4346


Dr. Angela Schmitz Ornés

Zoologisches Institut und Museum


Soldmannstr. 23
17489 Greifswald

Telefon +49 3834 420 4348