National Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus Ringing Project in 1997-2007 by Bird Research Society (KAD) collaboration with General Directorate of Nature Conservation & National Parks in Turkey

Colour & metal ringing project was started in Turkey for the identification of wintering sites and migration routes of Mediterranean Gull in Europe. The project has been carried out jointly with Renaud Flamant, a ringer from the Belgian Ringing Scheme. Other colour ringing projects are being runned in the following countries: Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, United Kingdom, Ukraine from 1990 until now.

The “Mediterranean Gull ringing project” was started under the coordination of SAD (Underwater Research Society-Seabird Research Group) in 1997 and carried out by KAD in the 1998-2007 breeding period. We have put a total of 835 plastic & 804 metal rings on chicks; from the colour ringed birds, we obtained 40 sightings of 12 different individuals until November 2007.


The plastic rings have different colour and numbers in each country. The metal rings having E-series with 6 digital numbers (E-244403 etc) were obtained from the Belgian Ringing Station specifically for this project and provided to the Turkish team. After the national ringing scheme was established, we started to use national metal rings. In order to identify the Mediterranean Gulls colour & metal-ringed in Turkey, try to see the black plastic ring codes on the right tarsus and metal rings on the left tibia. In case you see these plastic & metal rings during your bird watching activity please contact:

Renaud Flamant (International Coordinator)
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Ms. E. Suhendan Karauz (Turkey Project Coordinator)
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and convey the information you have obtained from ringing birds. The final data shall be evaluated by Renaud Flamant and E.Suhendan Karauz to determine the wintering areas and migration routes of Mediterranean Gulls in the Western Palearctic.