We are back on the old subject of the problem of herring gulls, which as their name implies has little to do with their need to forage through rubbish bins. And I doubt whether herring stocks have suffered from overeating by said gulls.
The immediate reaction to the word ‘cull’ is offensive to a number of people, I can understand that reaction if it were to an endangered species, but as far as I can ascertain herring gulls do not come into this category.
The answer to many people’s problems, due to the extraordinary anti-social behaviour of these birds, is to get rid of them.
Obviously one cannot exterminate a species, but with a large amount of effort from all concerned the problem can be mitigated.
The major cause of concern relates to the habit of these birds nesting on householders’ roof tops, here in the ‘avenues’ the houses were built with the ideal site for nests to be built, in between the chimney pots; sad but true.
And it has to be said that many householders have gone to the expense of ‘spiking’ around the chimney stacks, in a lot of cases to no avail, nests are built in between the very spikes that are supposed to deter.
Is there a valid reason, other than nostalgia, that prevents certain action to be taken? I mean the removal of eggs and the cull of gulls, by the simplest humane method.
I welcome any suggestion as to how to eliminate this ongoing problem. During this very warm weather it is impossible to leave any window open, the wailing and screeching from these damned creatures is beyond belief, they are a menace. The town centre has a coating of seagull poo in various places, outside the Town Hall and opposite is a prime example, the smell can be overbearing and the danger to public health has to be of some importance to our town councillors.
Rubbish bins on the sea front are not emptied by the council but by herring gulls which beggars the question why do we pay council tax when a seagull can empty a dustbin faster than a human can fill it? I jest of course, but not where the noise and excrement of a bird can interrupt and destroy the pleasure of a trip to the seaside.
Those of us who live here have this cross to bare and I for one do not see why we should. In the past it was a source of income for fisher folk to raid cliff side nests for eggs, why not do the same now? Make it part of a job seeker’s employment or better still use any community service that it being allocated to the preservation of Dean Road Cemetery.
One proviso with the above suggestion is that any gull eggs so collected should be destroyed as the thought of eating anything from a creature that forages in a dustbin is anathema to any right minded person.
Mr R Marshall