I read with interest Sara Maitland’s article on seagulls in the October issue. I live by the sea in Devon and I just love the gulls. They are such clever and endearing birds. I find it hard to understand why so many people hate them. So much so that people try and run them over!
Many of us have experienced gulls trying to snatch food from us. It all amuses me. They are clever enough to sit and watch the places where humans are eating, be it the seafront, the fudge shop, the bakery. On Sidmouth seafront there are signs telling people not to feed them. Why do people then think it is okay to throw chips for them, then complain when they are dive-bombed?
Have the people who hate them ever stopped to ask themselves why gulls scavenge? Apart from the increase in food-waste sites inland, humans have overfished the sea to the extent that the gulls’ natural food sources have greatly diminished.
The other complaint is the mess. I say, put up with it, enjoy these amazing birds and if you don’t like it, don’t come to the coast.