Recently, a friend, A, who shares a love of the natural world, remarked on social media that she wondered how gulls kept so sparkly white and clean? As part of the discussion, she pointed out that urban gulls spend a great deal of time on filthy landfill sites, whilst in a rural setting, gulls follow the plough or muck spreader. According to A, even dead gulls on the beach manage to look clean-ish. And now that she lives right by the shore, in a small town full of gulls, she never sees any of them bathing or preening, but they always look pristine.
Well, it's a good question, and one that I couldn't resist answering.
So here it is, the definite I&T guide as to how to wash your gull, by species...