Residents in a bit of a flap over gull invasion
The incessant squawking of seagulls is something you expect at a seaside town but it seems the birds are flocking further inland.
Experts say they are swapping their nesting spots on the coast for the rooftops of towns like Ashford in a hunt for food.
As traditional food sources are declining they have learned to take advantage of our wastefulness and discarded rubbish.
So what do people in the town think about the influx of the urban gull and should we do anything about it
ccordion- playing busker Stephen Rimmer said although he found the birds irritating, there’s not much we can do.
He said: “A few years ago someone proposed feeding them with some stuff which would make them infertile but then a load of people said you can’t do that because it’s cruel.
“But they mess everywhere, just like pigeons do, they are constantly flying around for scraps. They are coming farther and farther inland. They irritate me while I’m playing because they’re so noisy.”
Grandmother Kathy Carter, of Shadoxhurst, thinks we should start by clearing up the town’s litter.
She said: “When I moved down to Ashford I felt as if I was at the seaside every time I woke up and heard the seagulls.
“They obviously come here because there’s lots of rubbish being thrown around so they are going to get their food.
“If we clear up all the litter and don’t leave stuff lying around then they would probably clear off too.”
Nando’s worker Mirek Magolon believes we should be more tolerant and leave the birds in peace.
He said: ”They are really annoying but we can’t do anything about it
“They are animals and t hey have as much right to live here as we do. “They are not intimidating or scary and it does not matter that they are here, what else can we do? “We can’t cull them because we can not just kill things that irritate us or where would we stop?”
Dad Paul Lansley says now that the gulls have settled inland, they should be accepted and ignored.
He said: “No matter where you go nowadays they are there, you?don’t have to be by the sea. A
“They are just part of life and people have just accepted that they are there.
“It’s like anything, if you live on a main road you just get used to the noise. It doesn’t bother me at all, I suppose I’ve just stopped noticing them.”
Resident Cristian Uta says he welcomes their sound because it makes him think of the beach
He said: “I think they are lovely because I like being by the sea and they make me feel like I am.
“The noise doesn’t irritate me at all, I honestly like it. It’s nice to feel like you’re close to the beach and I don’t agree that we should make any effort to get rid of them.
“They are God’s creatures, they didn’t ask to be here.”
What do you think? Write to Kentish Express, 34-36 North Street, Ashford, TN24 8JR or email kentishexpress@thekmgroup. co.uk
Paul Lansley with his daughter; Cristian Uta and his wife; accordion player Stephen Rimmer said seagulls are very irritating; Nando’s employee Mirek Magalon said seagulls are fine and have a right to live here too