Our gull prob­lem is man-made

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - FEATURES -

SIR, – This prob­lem with gulls ev­ery­one is shout­ing about was caused by man him­self.

The ab­sence of gulls along with colonies of many species of seabirds at Rose­hearty, for ex­am­ple, was caused by mink. From the Sk­er­ries Crag to two miles dis­tant Muckle Eir­nal, the area was rich in seabird nest­ing.

How­ever, over the last 40 years there is noth­ing at all and the en­tire cause of this prob­lem was mink that raided the en­tire coast un­til no bird was safe to land there let alone nest.

For a while all one could see was mink till they had swept the en­tire area. Soon af­ter they started nest­ing on rooftops.

I got help from Robin Vasey of the Deveron mink con­trol group who was very help­ful. There­fore, killing or out­law­ing the gulls is not the way to solve this man-made is­sue.

Make sure their habi­tats are safe for them to re­turn to and stop the sand eel fish­ing which is part of their food chain.

If you in­ter­fere with na­ture, it will re­turn to haunt you. Jim Tay­lor, The Square, Rose­hearty, Aberdeen­shire

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