Sarah from Reading
For heaven sakes leave the gulls alone-humans are becoming much more of a pest than seagulls if you hate them so much move out of the area and get a life.Appreciate nature!!
Susanne Paget Devon
I have found a baby seagull and I'm not sure how to treat it but it's definatley an orphan.
If anyone can help me please contact me: phone number 01548580411
Tony from Paignton
Linda says we should learn to adapt. Fine with me. We should adapt to become people who wipe out seagulls. Do you realise tht we are the only species on this planet that favours other species above our own? If I am attacked by a dog, and I try to chase it off in self-defense, I get fined. If my kids get attacked by seagulls, and I fight back, I get fined. If swans attack my dog, then set on me, and I fight back, I get fined. Adapt? We have stopped evolving as a species because we are no longer allowed to react to our environment. There is a law against it, you know.
Tony from Paignton
Seagulls are vicious, spiteful creatures. They attack for no reason [not just for food], they make a helluva racket in the mornings [especially in summer] and they are disease vectors. It's time we had a major cull of them. Torbay Council - please advertise widely the job vacancies for people to perform the cull. I will be first in the queue.
Ben from Watford
'Winged-rats' as my nephew from Salcombe refers to them .. do they actually do anything positive within our ecosystem or do they simply pillage, damage and eat eachother ? I say let's have an offical day when we can clear our skys of these irritating vermin.
Geoff from Seaton
If they were rats we would kill them,as they are becoming like vermin lets do the same.
Phyli from plymouth
re:Alan from Exeter, I think you have completely missed the point, did you not read that we couldn't even go into the garden for fear of being attacked. And as for dogs mess the owners are supposed to clean that up or get fined, so your comment of culling all dogs is quite pointless.
Alan - Ontario.
All wildlife react to the amount of food available, ie; lots of food equals lots of birds/animals. If you want to reduce the number of gulls in your area, stop feeding them and clean up your trash when you leave the area. Remember, if you do not pick up the left over's from your beach party or barbeque the gulls will be only too happy to help you and will be encouraged to produce more young to help them.
I wonder why we humans when faced with a problem such as this feel that the best solution is to attack the result and not the root cause?
Alan from Exeter
Re: phyl from plymouth
For goodness sake! Seagull mess in your garden? I can't imagine anything worse than that...my god! I walked into work this morning and saw a portion of dog mess on the pavement. Let's cull all dogs as well.
Surely you have more important things to concern yourself with than bird mess in your garden.
I don't know what makes me feel more sad; reading your email or replying to it.
phyl from plymouth
I think we should cull them and the irresponsible people who feed them. Just this year some idiot across the service lane from us was feeding three young that had fallen out of the nest. Our gardens were covered in mess and you couldn't use the gardens when they were learning to fly as the adults would attack you. Quite honestly they should have been left when they fell out of the nest and maybe the young idiot feeding them should have been culled!!!!! And of course there garden got off scot free with no mess etc, he was even climbing into the garden next door and feeding them there, goodness knows what mess the owners would have had to clean up when they returned.
Linda - Plymouth
Why are we always moaning about something - this time the seagulls - they were here before we were & they have learned to adapt, so why can't we? There are far more worrying threats to concern ourselves. Yes, they are a nuisance, but no more than irresponsible holidaymakers in our towns and the soaring crime rates.
Bob from Torquay
Cull them at the winter time, they are becoming a pest, but then again so are the pidgeons...
Iain from Dawlish
I have tried on many occasion with my young daughter to go to the Brook and feed the ducks, but after a couple of minutes have to give up as i am worried for the safety of my daughter. The gulls completely surround you and have no fear of taking food from a hand. They are a complete nuisance and are becoming dangerous. I also fear for other bird breeds if the figures of the gull population increasing are correct!