Our gull problem is man-made
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