Mediterranean Gull

By Katrina Tracuma – View Profile

​As a winter visitor from northwest France, Belgium and the Netherlands, occurs from September to April and breeds in small numbers in the south-east. Feeds on terrestrial and aquatic insects, marine molluscs and fish. As a recent colonist, arrived in Ireland in 1995 and first bred in the Republic in 1996 in Co. Wexford. Widespread around the east coast, and is present in Ireland as a wintering species in increasing numbers. Amber conservation status. Source: Bird Watch Ireland.


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This work is part of series titled Biohazard – a body of work exhibited at Joan Clancy Gallery in 2019 as part of a two person show with artist Anna O’Riordan, titled From Land & Strand.


Featuring fauna most commonly prevalent within the biodiversity of the Cunnigar ‘sand spit’ formation in Ring, Dungarvan, and the greater locality of County Waterford, this series explores our regard towards these species and their habitat.

​Reflecting on how perhaps even the lesser known animals – not currently famous for their declining populations or being red listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature because of direct threats to their ecosystem – are still affected by the current anthropocene epoch of significant human impact on climate and the environment.

​Nature is not disappearing from our backyards. Species are not being lost. We are actively engaged in erasing our natural environment along with the individuals that inhabit it. According to a study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, humans and livestock now account for 96% of mammal biomass on Earth. The biomass of poultry is about three times higher than that of wild birds.


Katrina Tracuma




Acrylic, ink and oil on stretched canvas


40cm x 40cm