IN REPLY to John Harwood’s letter I would like to point out that the peregrines have been nesting in Scarborough for at least five years. The majority of gulls on the Marine Drive cliffs are kittiwakes (there is no such thing as a seagull) with a few fulmars and a very occasional herring gull.
The peregrines are nesting within feet of the kittiwakes which appear mostly unconcerned by their presence. The preferred prey of these peregrines is in fact pigeons, not gulls.
The kittiwakes are only in Scarborough for a couple of months while the peregrines are here all year feeding on the pigeons that Scarborians seem to dislike even more than the gulls.