Guernsey stopping landfill 'will hurt gull population'

Gulls at Guernsey's Mont Cuet landfill
Image caption Mr Veron said the landfill had been a source of food for gulls for the past 40 years

The planned closure of Mont Cuet landfill site could have a devastating impact on Guernsey's gull population, according to a conservation group.

Paul Veron, from La Societe Guernesiaise, said the birds had relied heavily on the tip as a source of food for the past 40 years.

He said monitoring had shown the population was already in decline.

Mr Veron said what was currently a common bird in the island could become a rare sight.

He said: "If we don't get youngsters recruiting into that population, and that's our worry at the moment, then gradually over time we're going to see that population dropping and dropping until gulls are actually a rather unusual sight."

Last month the States agreed to explore the idea of exporting waste off the island as a future alternative to landfill, which is expected to last at the current site until 2022.

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