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Should seagulls be culled?

A Birmingham man who has dubbed the city’s growing gull population a public menace is demanding the council cull them.

In addition, after a Chihuahua was reportedly snatched from its backyard by a seagull this week, a call has been rung out declaring all gulls must be killed for the protection of humans – and furry friends.

Gull numbers have declined in traditional seaside haunts, but the scavenging opportunities presented in Birmingham have seen mass gatherings akin to Alfred Hitchcock classic The Birds. Shoppers have complained about herring and lesser black-backed gulls dive-bombing shoppers, even snatching fast food out of their hands.

Christian Chalk has launched a petition demanding action from Birmingham City Council.

“There have been instances of people, including vulnerable elderly and young children, being attacked by gulls. There is a health issue, with the birds covering areas with faeces as well as breaking into rubbish bags and spreading waste all over the place.

“There is also a huge issue with noise which is driving people out of their homes and robbing individuals of the ability to sleep properly.

“These animals are a pestilence, well known to residents of inner Birmingham, and it is time that Birmingham Council acknowledged the issue and took action.”

A spokesman for Birmingham Council said: “In terms of our current position, Natural England – the statutory conservation agency which comes under Defra’s jurisdiction – has a very strict policy on what action local authorities can take in relation to gulls.

“As wild birds, gulls and their eggs and nests are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, so Natural England licences any action affecting them – and will only do so for very strict reasons, including to prevent disease or agricultural damage, to conserve plants and animals or to protect public health and safety.”

What are your views? Do you have an issue with seagulls where you live? Are seagulls beautiful birds which should be protected or just “vicious flying rats” which should be exterminated?

 

Should seagulls be culled?

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Kev1n
13 hours ago
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I live near the coast and these flying rats can be a major problem. When they nest nearby they attack everyone they consider a 'threat'. I've had to use an umbrella to fend them off many times.
KLR
6 days ago
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Isn't this typical of this Kafkaesque country that scavenging airborne rats are considered more important than the Tax/ council tax payers (and their offspring) that pay the wages of these do-gooders?
In my town, the council asks residents to put their refuse out on the pavement in plastic bags (no buns provided) and every collection day is like a feast day for the birds who are excellent at ripping them open and scattering the contents everywhere.
I think they should be culled to limit the number of times I have been s..t on and people have lost their sandwiches
Pennywise
5th Aug 2019
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Noticed a single Seagull soaring high over head, not normally seen 6 miles south of Birmingham city centre. Next day,. Seagull dead on pavement after early morning air attack by large garden birds. This handsome bird may have been competing for food or tried to steal the young of other birds, perhaps even succeeded to have had life viciously ended by other birds who took a natural survival action.
Irene88
2nd Aug 2019
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Leaving 70 miles inland I'm amazed by the number of seagulls in our park all year round. As they are much bigger than most other birds they do quite a bit of harm to everyday garden birds. They obviously can't be having a proper diet as we don't have any fishponds neearby. They seem to live on junk food and this can't be good for them.

Attacking tourists in our seaside resorts is certainly not good for tourism and they leave a lot of mess.
Len33
6th Aug 2019
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"Attacking tourists in our seaside resorts is certainly not good for tourism and they leave a lot of mess!.
ReplyPriva

Obviously not nice, nor healthy, to be accosted by these birds, but there are similarities to human behaviour here.
For instance, Gypsy travellers (And others) who attack people for no reason.
And, have you ever seen the filthy, disgusting, mounds of rubbish and smelt the vile stench left behind when travellers leave a site?
Get caught dropping a cigarette but in the street and you could get a huge fine. (No, I do not smoke)
Gypsy travellers, on the other hand, leave literally tons and tons of rubbish in their wake and get away with it..............for free and Councils let them.
Which side has the bird brain?
PLUM
2nd Aug 2019
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I think they are pesky ,we were out having Fish & chips and one landed right by and kept staring at me
MrsPat
31st Jul 2019
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They are beautiful and we should leave them in peace.
Lahlee
30th Jul 2019
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Feed them birth control, stop them producing so many babies. They don’t deserve to just be killed off. They have a beauty as birds if you take a close look at them.
DipsyDitsy
30th Jul 2019
1
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Difficult. Seaside towns do cull seagulls. I am told that some of the nuisance has been caused by people feeding seagulls. There were signs around Bridlington harbour advising not to feed the gulls when I visited. People were seen, even so, feeding the gulls. The gulls were attacking children in their prams when the children were eating. My car has been encrusted with seagull droppings at Whitby in the past. Seagulls kept me awake last week at Filey.
I still can't say cull the gulls but I think it could be good to reduce their numbers in another way.
jeanmark
29th Jul 2019
1
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Considering the number of comments on this subject suggesting that we cull a number wild bird species that are perceived as a hazard or nuisance, well, I can think of a number of humans who could possibly also be culled for their anti-social behaviour. That to me is much more of a problem because they should be able to control their behaviour and habits but choose not to, where as birds merely react on instinct and the need to survive.
Wilf
29th Jul 2019
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Totally agreed regarding the birds Jean. They are just being animals-its us as usual getting in their way.
Munsterlander
29th Jul 2019
3
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We should leave them be-they are just hungry.
ponocio
27th Jul 2019
2
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Gulls have just as much right to life as any other creature, it is crazy to believe a seagull has snatched a dog, they do not even have claws as they are opportunist feeders and could not pick up a dog with their beaks, they are not birds of prey. I am lucky as I enjoy the sound of seagulls they come to my house for food and have very individual calls.
Kath12
28th Jul 2019
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They could pick up a small dog and cause a lot of suffering,the gulls are much bigger and stronger nowadays. They picked a whole family pack of bacon from my table, thankfully dropped it close by. Unfortunately it is people like you feeding them that are causing most of the problems, there is enough food available to them naturally without being fed.
Munsterlander
29th Jul 2019
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I totally agree. I love their squawks and screeches at the seaside-park of our landscape.
ponocio
30th Jul 2019
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I have to disagree with you look at their feet they cannot pick up a dog it is impossible, nor with their beaks this is just scare mongering. My neighbours and I feeding our local gulls does not cause a problem as we have never had even one incident of gulls snatching food in our area. I think you will find the problem is in areas of littering and eating outside as scavengers they will look for the easiest meal, still not a reason to take their lives and they did give you your bacon back (sorry I could not resist the bacon bit).
ponocio
30th Jul 2019
1
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Glad to hear someone else enjoys their chorus, living near an estuary we have gulls all year round although the Herron gulls dis appeared for a while when nesting, they are back now but so far I have not seen any juveniles.
panamakid
27th Jul 2019
3
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I live in Gloucester alongside the Gloucester - Sharpness canal and from February to August there are hundreds of gulls nesting on the large factory roof opposite where i live . They shriek at all times of the day and sometimes at night. The local council doesn,t seem to do much to deter them and a cull would be very welcome.
MargaretW83
27th Jul 2019
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I live on a tidal river side yet daily, adults or adults with children come and throw loaves of bread to the gulls. There is plenty food around naturally and all that is happening is bird poo mess, noise nuisance, and rats.
annie24
27th Jul 2019
3
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There are many species of gull. It is only certain species that have become a nuisance and there are some areas of the UK where it is illegal to feed these birds for this reason. Much as I love birds, I believe that there is a strong case to have certain species designated with pest status.
AngelaB46
27th Jul 2019
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My personal opinion is I don't agree with killing any living creature.
ponocio
27th Jul 2019
3
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I agree with you just wish more people thought the same
Munsterlander
29th Jul 2019
3
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I totally agree-I am thinking of following Buddhism myself-what a lovely outlook on life
MrsPat
31st Jul 2019
1
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I am in total agreement with you-let them be.
Mrchipps1
26th Jul 2019
3
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I think that in some venues, seagulls have become notorious and a danger to the public, they should either be culled or given birth control!! I was in Scarborough a few weeks ago and a gull took a sandwich from a mans hand while he was walking along the front, and trying to eat it.
Sujan
26th Jul 2019
5
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If humans weren’t so stupid as to feed them and discard their left over takeaways in public places we wouldn’t have this problem. A little bit of education starting in primary schools wouldn’t go amiss, and larger fines for littering would help.
I also agree with having large communal bins emptied every day.
ponocio
27th Jul 2019
1
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You are quite right as usual humans create problems for themselves and then blame it on anything but themselves
Punto52
26th Jul 2019
2
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A lot of people various views about plague of sea gulls constantly causing havoc biggest problem does lie with the public i agree what i cannot understand why in this day and age we are still using black bin bags to put rubbish out we travel to quite a few places abroad there solution big communal bins emptied everyday and litter bins it’s so annoying that you have seagulls on your roof permanently and cannot legally do anything about it
KathyS57
25th Jul 2019
3
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We are plagued by seagulls which are now getting quite vicious in their attacks but also magpies who have raided the nests and killed our small birds and baby pigeons. Overrun with them need to be culled down a bit.
ponocio
27th Jul 2019
2
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This is natural selection whether we like it or not the answer to everything is not to kill it, humans have caused the extinction of species, polluted the planet almost wiped out the bee population on which we are dependent on for the survival of all life on the planet, do people think we should also be culled?
Mary Lincoln
25th Jul 2019
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Not only sea gully but magpies and crows. They do a lot of damage around here. We saw crows break open one of our nest boxes and take all the blue tit chicks. We have never had them nest again.
TomR4
24th Jul 2019
4
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They’ve adapted to our stupidity and laziness. If we were as effective at clearing up our own mess we wouldn’t even be talking about culling seagulls. Wake up and wise up lazy humans.
Collie
24th Jul 2019
7
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Having read the postings it appears that the seagulls only come around when we have food.

Remove the food and rubbish bags and the seagulls will disappear. If we remove food from equation then no need to MURDER the wildlife.

I wonder what they (the birds) think of humans stealing their food,
Are the birds thinking, humans need to be culled!
Dylans Slave
24th Jul 2019
2
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Remove the food and rubbish bags........That's never going to happen because the public will always leave rubbish around. They'll swoop and take anything out of your hand. Stupid people feed them.

There is no need for seagulls to be protected as they are NOT in short supply. At this time of year they squawk and screech all night. You go anywhere near a young seagull and you are in danger of attack.
Collie
25th Jul 2019
4
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You have a poor opinion on your fellow man when you say

"That's never going to happen because the public will always leave rubbish around". So cull the birds for humanity sake when it is the fault of the humans!

Re birds protecting their young! Would not our human parents protect their young?
MrsPat
31st Jul 2019
1
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Very good comment. If we did not have rubbish they would not scavenge for food.
johnboy68
24th Jul 2019
2
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they are nothink but a mence
Collie
24th Jul 2019
1
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Why cull? Why not remind humans that the place to eat is at a dining table! Do not leave food or open bins around. The birds are doing what comes natural to them, finding food at their 'dining table'.

No eating outdoors
No edible items left out in the open.

Problem solved, Humans and wildlife live in harmony.

P.S. read the postings here but, reverse roles i.e. birds commenting on humans, bet that will make you think.
Dylans Slave
24th Jul 2019
1
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You live in cloud cuckoo land. Humans will never comply. So you think I shouldn't eat my own lunch in my own garden? All for a seagull - get real.
Bet you haven't got any where you live.
Collie
24th Jul 2019
3
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Dylans Slave,

are you implying birds and animals are easier to train than humans. Humanity is supposed to be superior (I very much
doubt that) . Humans were taught to use dining tables and place settings, knife fork etc. Birds on the other hand/wing have to search out their food and most likely eat on the wing.

I have every faith in humanity and p.s. no need to eat in your
garden, how about your kitchen. Leave the garden grubs to the birds.
Dylans Slave
24th Jul 2019
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Trust me I use the dining table and I know what to do with a knife and fork.

On a fine day I don't want to eat indoors, I want to eat outdoor. My perogative - if you know what that means. You eat in your kitchen if you want to.

Your faith is misplaced and I've never eaten a garden grub yet. Maybe that's your forte?

This conversation is over as you are too silly for words and you are boring me.

Goodbye.
Wipeout
24th Jul 2019
3
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I have lived on the coast for most of my life, I now live inland in a small town that has more Gulls than I ever witnessed when living by the sea. They have never seen the sea!! born and bred in the town.

They are a menace from 4:00 am (noise) onward doing all of the things talked about like; stealing food from the hands of adults and children alike, ripping open waste bags (should not be left in the open) and defecating all over properties and even people (I was one of them).

We have probably created this environment ourselves but it has now got out of hand with increasing numbers.

I say cull...
ElisabethR
24th Jul 2019
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Oh dear! Yes gulls are dangerous, not only attacking people (The Birds) but carrying and passing on disease! Yes people are much to blame.....try telling visitors to our seaside town that it is not a good idea to feed them......! Have even seen them manage to get into wheelie bins, clever things!
How to manage them? Hawks have been used with some success. Some years ago pigeons were the problem in towns, I think their numbers were greatly reduced using a form of contraception. That would be a good idea, it has worked with humans.
Not sure how its done you can hardly leave condoms on convenient roofs. I assume with pigeons seed was doctored. ?impregnate pasties and ice creams maybe?
There must be some humane way.
Kiwi48mum
24th Jul 2019
2
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I live in Woodley Reading and the gulls are a menace. They are like pigeons - flying vermin. We have both here. There is a lake nearby and gulls flourish here. Gulls belong at sea not in towns. They are a dangerous menace. I'm all for eradicating them out of towns.
Seewhy 47
24th Jul 2019
5
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The worse offenders in this world are humans. Should they be culled?
ElisabethR
24th Jul 2019
2
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Sometimes when I see the harm humans inflict on each other even my pacifist soul agrees.
JanineR
24th Jul 2019
1
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I was Paignton last year . I just bought a coffee( my favourite flavour ) ice cream in a cornet .I was walking along eating it and all of a sudden I got whacked on the side of my head and my ice cream was gone. What if I was a small child or a frail elderly person A seagull stole it. . Also last week I was at Gweek seal sanctuary and at feeding time the place was overcome with seagulls trying to steal the fish. I think they are a pretty bird but something needs to be done . They are pests.
PatF45
24th Jul 2019
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Definitely need culling they are getting too much. They are now attacking for food.
susanross886
24th Jul 2019
4
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Culling them may solve the immediate problem, but unless we stop feeding them & dropping rubbish everywhere they will be back, because just like rats & pigeons they go where they have an easy food source.
I just find it sad that we create the problem in the first place, then our answer is always to kill everything.
If they are culled what measures will be put in place to stop their return, will we be able to stop tourist dropping their half eaten food everywhere in seaside towns, will the streets of Birmingham suddenly become litter free, will the rubbish stacked outside peoples houses often spilling out of black bags disappear along with discarded takeaway food. I don’t think so do you?
I’ve seen a few comments on here about them nesting in chimneys & sometimes falling down them, well please fit a cowl for the safety of all birds & to keep your chimneys clear.
Maybe if humans weren’t the dirtiest & most selfish animal on the planet these animals would never have become such a problem in the first place.
Punto52
24th Jul 2019
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They are the rats of the skies and definately need to be culled being targeted many times when delivery milk and other parcels to people’s front doors ok so they are protected bird but nothing is being done in this day an age we are quick to cull the badgers so why not these
georgine
24th Jul 2019
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I agree with you. We are fed up having to run past them. We happen to be 80yrs and 89yrs one day we will be head pecked. Fed up at 5pm of a morning with their noise.
Carooline
24th Jul 2019
5
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People annoy me the way they always want to interfere in nature. If anything needs culling it's us, the mess we've made of the world!
We encroach on their spaces & then complain about them, leave the birds & animals alone and clean up your own acts. We have no more rights than they you know!
LesleyB616
24th Jul 2019
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Yes they should be culled, for the past 4 or 5 years they have been nesting on our chimney stack and have never managed to successfully raise the chicks as they either fall off the roof and either end up at the front on the road or at the back in the gardens, and on 1 occasion my next door neighbour came home to 1 in her house after it fell down the chimney, the parent birds naturally want to protect their young and it becomes very dangerous to go out doors without being dive bombed, this year we had spikes put up but they have still managed to get in and nest, Monday evening I was out in my garden and was constantly being dive bombed again and the noises they were making was horrendous.
DoreenM17
24th Jul 2019
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I live on the outskirts of Blackpool and they are nesting on the roof of houses in my area. They are a danger to kids in the garden, mess on washing and gather on mass along the sidewalk and roads. Even honking the car horn does not move them off the road, and then there is the low flying when you think they are coming into your windscreen. They are a health hazard and are going to cause havoc if their numbers keep increasing at the rate they are.
Collie
25th Jul 2019
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DoreenM17 you are living on the inside of your home while the birds are nesting on your roof! Who is in the better position.

You honk your car horn and frighten them, why ? only to get out of your way!! Would you like it if the roles were reversed? When I have people crossing in front of my vehicle head in mobile, do I honk the horn No! should I?

You say that they are going to cause havoc, same could be said for
humanity, look around you and listen to world news then think!
Eileen44
24th Jul 2019
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Yes the seagulls do need to be culled ,in my area they have attacked the postman on several occasions.They wake me early hours of the morning almost everyday ,if they were neighbours making this racket at 2 am you could report them .,we not only have to put up with their racket during the day but all night as well and when the babies come it’s worse .
LynnB3
24th Jul 2019
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I live by the seaside and work in a town 15 miles away. I see more and bigger seagulls in the town. Last week I witnessed a huge seagull pulling along a black rubbish sack from outside a cafe. Rats, then pigeons and now seagulls. I definitely think something needs doing to keep them under control.
Yagala
24th Jul 2019
6
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As usual the blame is put where there is no blame. The flocks of sae gulls is due to human waste. People throwing away food rests around where they stay on holiday give the gulls reasons enough naturally to breed more chicks which is a natural things to do for animals. make people realise that and make people deposit the food rests into the bins ( hah hah hah) around will terminete the problem in time. making people do somethings like that will be very difficult as people are all lazy when it comes doing the right thing fro the right reason. I remember when i was young and went one holiday with my parents,we always had paper bags to put allkind of rubish to be deposited in the first bin we came to, never throwing anything around. My parents were very far sighted.
Goldencrest
24th Jul 2019
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I do agree that people have become complacent And neglectful of thier environment and litter and rubbish is an issue.. which attracts vermin rodents and such like..however not everyone just dumps litter and waste bins are used.. and I have seen for my self the scavenges of seagulls raid bins pulling out its contents all over the ground.. not only that they are vicious and will attack, targeting people and they do not forget! Also they will snatch food straight from an innocent hand.. which is actually quite terrifying when it happens to you! They also attack other birds and once again I’ve watched a flock of gulls swooping a Herron.. other beautiful birds are scared of them which means less British country birds in our gardens plus being flying dustbins they consume any scraps which are put out to feed the innocent birds.
Not to mention the mess they make when they drop on the car. And the inconvenience of where they build their nests which in turn makes these gull even more vicious. Now I love nature but I can not really understand why this bird is a protected and do feel that this protection is partly to blame for the increased population and invasion of our towns!
Margaret Hart
24th Jul 2019
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It is already an offence with a fine or peopl to feed seagulls but some people still do it. They are obviously not on their regular flight pathetic when they relieve themselves on people and there property. At the sea side the are also dangerous animals who will dive and steel food from people and children.
They are more like flying cats with very long legs and everywhere they are is both noisy and dirty.and it is long time past that something should have been done about them so we wouldn’t have been in this position.
kentrix39
23rd Jul 2019
4
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Certainly not. People encouraged them to feed off them, now that the gulls have no fear of them, they want them killed.
Just the way you expect people to behave these days but I expected Silver Surfers to be a lot more knowledgeable than your 18 to 50 yr old about the habits of any bird life.
I doubt very much that a little dog was lifted from a garden people are always making things out to be of greater moment than is really the case.
Eat your food from a paper bag or some other container and they will not bother you, they will eye you up, however they will stay away if you show no fear. Do not drop any food that yo are eating. In March in St Ives there was idiots actually teasing the gulls by showing them the food they were about to consume and then there was an out cry from them when the birds swooped, they deserved to be "dive bombed".
Educate the people them the problem will go away.
My lady and I always eat our pasty surrounded by the bag it is sold in and we sit on the jetty at St Ives and all we get is eyed up.
Billythequiche
23rd Jul 2019
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Definitely. They are now physically dangerous as well as a nuisance and disease carrier. There would be no fans if they had whiskers and a scaley tail.
MARGARET BALSTON
23rd Jul 2019
2
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No way should they be culled ,I love our herring gulls here in Jersey...it’s humans to blame for enticing them inland so must take the consequences...at the moment they are teaching their young to fly ,it’s wonderful watching them..Live and let Live ...
Mozy
23rd Jul 2019
1
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For starters they are not seagulls they are land gulls totally different .Land gulls can be a nuisance we have a large number where I live .I have seen them dive down on our local park lake and carry off the new baby ducklings it’s not a pleasant sight ,also they will attack any small pet. The local work sites are where they nest in winter, I’ve seen about six hawks who are released periodically to keep the numbers down this works for a short time very effective ,whether to cull them greatly I don’t know they do help clear discarded food etc
ChrisM35
24th Jul 2019
1
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They are not land gulls either. Most are herring gulls...
Ian123
23rd Jul 2019
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I agree that those Gulls inland should be gulled, sorry, culled!
They are nothing but vermin and can be very dangerous in their aggressive habits.
The is a serious problem with Gulls in Llandudno on the pier and promenade. Gulls regularly relieve hapless holidaymakers of their ice cream cones and indeed land on the tables of those dining outside the promenade cafes showing an over willingness to share the holidaymakers fayre whilst showing a distinct lack of table manners.
Mozy
23rd Jul 2019
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Seagulls totally different to land gulls
ChrissieDB
23rd Jul 2019
4
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I wouldn't jump to culling as a first resort. Airports have always had bird problems so someone somewhere will probably have a better idea without actually killing the birds.
Bald123
23rd Jul 2019
5
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No they should not be culled. They have every right to be where they want to be. We are a nation of animal lovers and they are as much a part of the skies in the UK as sparrows, pigeons and magpies. Leave them alone and get better bins if the council do not want them foraging for food.
LindaJ66
24th Jul 2019
2
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No they shouldn’t be culled,but they are dangerous ..councils etc must be able to find away to get them back to the seas somehow I have been attacked loads of times in Ipswich Suffolk.it is really bad here because they attack children the elderly animals and seen then, even killing birds..blackbirds pidgeons and smaller birds..they will end up causing more rats in the town as they empty bins tear open bags etc..I love wildlife but the seagulls are way out of control now and something has to be done...in parks they cull squirrels that don’t harm nobody but won’t do anything about seagulls..

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