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Is it time to declare the gulls urban pests?

07 August, 2020

Lots of easily available food for gulls to enjoy 

• FROM the description they sound like common gulls, (Why don’t squawking, screaming gulls go back to sea?, July 30).

Gulls like circling round tall buildings: they use the updraughts to gain height for free, while they socialise or study the neighbourhood for food.

Gulls have always come inland during the winter, for the simple reason it is warmer in cities.

Also there is lots of food which is easily available. Even if not fed by people there are always rubbish dumps and litter they can eat, for example, fish and chips dropped on pavements.

As far as we know, it was about 30 years ago, that some gulls decided they preferred the city, and stayed on during the rest of the year.

They made nests, and young gulls were brought up with no knowledge of anywhere except urban life. None of them knew how to catch a fish. They have now reached the third or fourth generation.

There is talk of calling them a new sub-species. Seagulls are protected by law, so very little can be done about them.

Possibly it is time for a change in the law and have them classified as urban pests. Or if we just stopped dropping our waste food in the street they would eventually be forced to move.

Allcroft Road, NW5


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