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Seagull culling

132 Comments 25th October 2014

The time has come for any legislation for the protection of Seagulls to be withdrawn.  These animals are vermin and can be categorised as similar to rats.  They prey on adults and children and have no hesitation in attacking them in order to steal food which, quite often, is being eaten. and It not not uncommon for injuries to be caused, sometimes serious. During the nesting season, they can be even more dangerous by unprovoked attacks on passers by.  They encourage rats by breaking open waste sacks and strewing rubbish around.  Other E.U. countires do not have this problem as there are no restrictions on culling. These creatures are increasing year by year and encroaching from their normal habiitat, the sea, onto the land where food is easier to obtain.  The removal of the law which prohibits culling is essential.

Why does this matter?

It will improve health and safety and reduce the number of patients who have to receive NHS treatment as a result of injuries caused.  It will improve the lifestyle of those who live in areas where these creatures make life unpleasant and dangerous.

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132 Responses to Seagull culling

  1. Dave Bradbury says:

    I have found it very difficult to accept the horrors of seagulls, they attack children without apparent reason, my two cats have been confined to indoors at their own choice, I have been attacked for being in my own garden, it is time to give seagulls a kick ass and remove the health threat from the filth they leave behind

    • Ian Hughes says:

      At least whilst your moggies are confined indoors they are not out killing garden birds for no reason and defecating in other people’s gardens. Domestic cats are responsible for the extinction of some bird species, they kill multiple million birds all over the world, into the billions actually. By the end of this century half of the world’s species will be extinct due to humans. I know what species I’d like to see culled!

      • Aimee says:

        Have you ever heard of the food chain??? Its in a cats nature to chase/ eat small animals such as birds/mice…same as its in a dogs nature to chase a cat….and its also in certain species of birds nature to prey upon small animals aswell…. And last of all humans! Humans eat animals….do you not find that cruel??? The point is for this forum is to cull the greedy ‘rats’ with wings!! And I 100% agree!!!

      • Mandi says:

        I have cat actually but humans are worse, so I agree with the latter part of your comment but do not believe the non-human animals are responsible for the extinction of birds, think pesticides, fireworks and other pollution. Cats were not responsible for the global reports of flocks of birds reportedly falling dead from the sky, nor the rivers with thousands of fish found dead, in very recent years. We humans are responsible for most if it, our intolerance, greed, the culling, the fun style hunting the invasion and occupation of land belonging to wild life, the over fishing of seas, etc.etc.

      • Phil says:

        No ducklings at my park this year as I witnessed them being eaten by gulls yet again, not cats ..gulls, plenty of video evidence of gulls eating all manner of song bird on you tube, here is a few links for you.

        There are many many more, not there natural food source is it !

        witnessed the moorhens being attacked by them yesterday and my little boy got attacked by them in the summer , sorry but thy need culling. There are to many in the coastal towns , so much so they are taking over the lakes I the countryside and living inland on waste tips,
        Humans fault of course because they are protected from culling by human beings who don’t really understand that they have no natural predator, people feeding them like they are pigeons ..and lazy human beings leaving food waste out.

      • R Walker says:

        What you fail to realise is that seagulls kill baby birds. I have witnessed about 10 baby chicks taken from my garden this year by seagulls and I live 7 miles from the coast

      • David says:

        Once you have been attached by a seagull then you can get on your high horse the should be culled.

    • Gillian Battersby says:

      What a load of crap, you silly naive idiot. They are beautiful clean birds. Humans leave more filth than they do. Oh how dare them to be hungry. How dare them to want to feed their young. Oh how dare them to be on this planet, after all humans have never done anything to damage it have they? l doubt they have attacked you but if they did then im glad they have seen you for what you are.

      • David says:

        They need their numbers controlling
        I am a keen conservationist and bird lover, however they are becoming very dominant, and take that from someone who worked at Portsmouth Dockyard for 9 years and have seen the carnage they create

        Even adults of 6 ft. have been attached and have injuries requiring a hospital visit

        The previous writer would change his view point if he had been on the receiving end of a 700mm high great gull

      • liam watts says:

        Are u thick seagulls are evil horrible vile animals tht dont care about anything except food they overfeed and overproduce they need to be brought to the brink of extinction so they remain an endangered species and stick to their natural habitat the sea hence the name seagulls

      • Garry edwards says:

        Hope a seagull kills you

      • Alex says:

        There’s a unnatural population size due to human waste they need culling.

      • Mandi says:

        Her here. Seagull attacks, as far as I am aware are relatively new experiences, the probable to be hunger as we humans compete for fish to the point of seriously deplenishing the stock available.

      • Barbara Balaam says:

        Well bloody said Gillian! I agree with you 100% .I have many near me and they are beautiful and a joy to watch, and have never caused problems. Thumbs up to you!

      • Kay bishop says:

        You’re so naive. Seagull excrement contains deadly bacteria and they are disgusting animals!! It’s because of people like you that culling doesn’t take place but it will change. Let’s hope one of them lands on you. Would you like to have your washing constantly crapped on?! They attack vulnerable adults and children alike and if you do some research you might realise how toxic they really are. Not to mention when people can’t sleep because of the high pitched screeching they make at 5am!! Or maybe you don’t have a job?

      • alison thomasson says:

        and how dare you say they are beautiful, they are flying rats and attack humans for no reason, EU laws protecting this vermin to breed like rabbits and letting them get away with swooping down taking food from peoples hands or attacking, i have no intention of going on a roof to mess with their offspring but if they carry on making my life a living hell and feeling like a prisoner in my own home i will be taking measures and i dont care if i end up getting locked up it will be worth it to have rid of the vermin,

      • john payne says:

        Flying rats , cause untold damage to buildings by their detrius blocking valleys guters and downspouts. Councils have much to answer for – gull proof bins for one – our sea front is littered with rubbish caused 100% by gulls ripping into bins. And yes they attack people on the street nowhere near rooftop nests – but “birdlovers” turn a blind eye, probably condemn pheasant and grouse shooting too. Hope you don t eat chicken ducks or turkey – that would be very hypocritical

    • brooke king says:

      You are a ignorant scum bag! Who has no clue about these Creatures! There are more dog attacks on humans and other dogs… but you dont see them being culled! Humans are more filthy and evil than any of these birds! Humans start wars, Fight… etc we are the cruel race! Learn something before you talk a load of shit!!!!

      • Danny bang says:

        I want to rant about nothing to do with the point of this…..grrrr dogs and wars

      • Kein says:

        Do you like rats would you say the same and come to there defence would you call the angry parents whose kids get lepricos from rat piss and shit idiots all animals need to be controlled for the preservation of human life lest we go extinct as has happened for millions of years thing grow and die we just controlled it to keep us going for longer

      • Mandi says:

        There are more human attacks on humans than attacks from any animals., humans attack for numerous reasons, including sadistic pleasure, animals only attack other animals to protect territory and young, or for food, if they are hungry. Even a lion will walk past potential prey, if it has already eaten, more than can be said for human beings!

      • Martin says:

        When a dog attacks it gets put down….
        Humans help to control dogs, if all the dogs in the world were wild we would be having this discussion about dogs.

        Seagulls attack humans, they are dangerous to us. We aren’t discussing wars, what are you thinking, two wrongs make a right? We are discussing the problem of vicious seagull attacks and if you dont think they are happening what box have you been living in?

        I understand why the seagulls are coming more inland and yes they are trying to feed their young but to what cost?

        This problem has got significantly, yes significantly, worse over the last few years and if something isnt done its going to get worse and worse.


      I would agree. Time is well overdue for a cull to begin sooner than later. I personaly have no problem as these creatures are a big problem on our beeches and inland. CULL NOW PLEASE.

    • Sarah Garden says:

      What a load of contrived, pathetic shit. You know what to do when a seagull swoops? Duck! You know what’s most populous and filthy of all? Humans! We take just about every fish out of the sea, so seagulls’ time is more productively spent scavenging. I have seagulls on my roof and my Dad has seagulls on the roof next to our balcony and neither of us gets any bother. The seagulls are content to be neighbours as long as we keep to ours. Seagulls have evolved a complex set of calls aimed at keeping the peace, which is why seagulls so rarely fight and even rarer, kill one another. How about, as part of being human, you learn to live with other animals that have sharp teeth and claws, without them having to change their natural behaviour, and not do anything that annoys you, or else you kill them?

      • alison thomasson says:

        i have never had any problems with living by the sea and seeing seagulls flying all over the place but what i do have a problem with is them swooping down from a roof and attacking me for no reason, i was walking away from my house when the vile things swooped down on me, why should i have to duck everytime i go out of my house, i was followed down the street by them, they even caught the top of my head, i now go out with a brolly over my head in the middle of summer, if i had a gun i would willingly shoot at the vermin, i do not appreciate being made to feel a prisoner in my own home because as soon as i walk out of my door they start, the noise they make when they are about to dive bomb you is horrendous, they should not be on the RSPB red list for protection

  2. royston says:

    I think the time has come to introduce some form of cull for seagulls , along with the irritating poeple that feed them in their back yards and out side the windows of their flats etc, this causes rats and all other vermin. we have two poeple in our street that feed these noisy and filthy vermin and i have had to call the local pest control officer on a couple of occasions, i have been told if there are rats they may come out to check but if its seagulls causing any problem they would not ?. I love wild life in all forms but i would be certainly prepared to back a cull of the seagull population.

    • Gillian Battersby says:

      l feed them, and l will continue too. IT DOES NOT CAUSE VERMIN BECAUSE THEY ARE SO HUNGRY THERE IS NOTHING LEFT. IN FACT THEY CLEAN UP PLACES. l do hope your neighbours continue to feed them and l feel sorry for them having YOU as their neighbour. Get a life and leave wildlife alone.

      • Garry edwards says:

        You get a life Gillian they are flying rats hope you’re the first person to lose your eye because of them.

      • Mandi says:

        Good for you Gillian, I do too.

      • DONALD MACRONALD says:

        Be sensible you turd brain and stsy on the subject

      • Cotteeboy says:

        Gillian – you are evidence of what’s wrong with UK society. Apart from my own wife suffering a unprovoked attack from one, I have seen young children in St Ives, holding ice creams and running out in front of vehicles in an attempt to escape the swooping gulls. But I guess you are one of those who would protect animal rights ahead of the safety of a child aren’t you. You’re a sad defective reject.

  3. Brian Tregaskes says:

    Looking at the exceptions to the protection of all wild birds any species can be culled on health and safety grounds. If they are seriously encouraging rats then a cull will be legal. The trouble is it needs to be done by a registered person and most councils won’t approve a cull as it is usually unsuccessful. ie the numbers come back to normal after a short time.
    It is totally legal to discourage any species (out of nesting season) from settling but again this is difficult to achieve. I’d like to see all roofs covered with a continuous metal wire that acts like an electric fence emitting a low electrical pulse every second to stop birds from settling. Can anyone produce such a thing and could we encourage councils to subsidise the implementation of this to send the birds back to their natural habitat?

  4. Richard says:

    The time has come indeed to cull.Lobby your MP.Its no good sending a lone bird of prey up to tackle a multitude of gulls.The Hawk usually gets a pounding and the the owner says its effective!Its all to do with getting paid a lot of money at the Hawks expense.
    Unfortunately the hippy types want to protect the gulls but that will be at the expense of the habitat of a multitude of songbirds.
    Time and time again I see songbirds attacked and killed by these killers.I have even seen a magpie pecked out of a tree and had to save it.When I phoned the RSPB,they more or less laughed and didnt believe me.
    Everyone I speak to say enough is enough.Lets bring the numbers down.NOW!

    • A Hayman says:

      Yes we defiantly need to have say a couple of months when they are at there worste and most aggressive a 2 or 3 month culling. This way we can cull the adult gulls and that will also take care of the baby gulls as well.
      I get attacked every day walking past certain buildings!
      Bring in culling there are just to many gulls around now!

      • alison thomasson says:

        as someone who has also been attacked by this vermin for just walking out of my front garden to go shopping i also agree with the culling, they divebombed me walking down the street i was nowhere near their nest and have no intention of going near it unless i have to take matters into my own hands, it is no joke being attacked and then having panic attacks everytime you have to go out, they are a menace and a pest, and people need to stop feeding them in built up areas, it only encourages them to come back and breed on residents roofs, they are vermin/flying rats, the diseases they must carry!!!

    • Gillian Battersby says:

      Hahahahaha ls this comment a joke?

    • Mandi says:

      culling of what, humans?

  5. Bill Swaffield says:

    Good idea we live 15 miles inland from Brighton and are being awoken early around 5 am every morning by a gang of seagulls roosting in nearby chimney pots.

  6. Clare Newell says:

    Seriously fed up with the interference on our lives caused by these birds. I have no problem with them living on cliff faces where they belong but not in towns and villages. I don’t live on the coast, 5 miles in land, and they sqwark until11pm every night and start up at 4 every morning. We can’t have our windows open, i need a nights sleep!We have gull proofed our roof, but it’s no good if they can nest on adjoining properties! Time for sensible discussions at government level to cull these pests and force them back to their natural habitat (and punish those caught feeding them!!)

  7. Colin Spencer says:

    Blessed nuisance these creatures so cull them all for me get rid of the damned pigeons while you are at it!

  8. Mark says:

    Last week my dog was attacked and defecated on , I have taken this as the last straw ,this is the documant for anyone who reads and understands the issues to act upon at their own will there is another form for other species but this must be checked and decided upon by snh

    I’m doing something about it , I will pursue this matter as far as I can , at present I’m unemployed so have a lot of time and very little funds , but for me this is a matter of public service and I don’t want paid for being a good person , sorry to gull lovers , but I love them 2 just the ones in question nowadays are attempting to circumvent the food chain , when one plucks a childs eye out it will become a different story , its everyones responsibility to act , help , do what you can , cos I will

    • jamie says:

      And do you realise where your faeces goes when you flush it in the toilet? In the sea and i don’t think fish would like that, so stop complaining about defecation and deal with it!!

      • Jamie says:

        Stunning remark there Jamie, your understanding of waste treatment and ecology is quite frankly outstanding.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Buy air rifle, shoot them dead, simples.

  10. Susan Dibden says:

    Seagulls pair for life and live for 40+ years. They are intelligent birds and are devoted parents to their young. Yes they’re noisy and opportunistic and downright annoying at times but they are also magnificent too. The fact that they tear open black bags to access food is not their crime to answer to, it’s ours for being daft enough to have black bags with discarded food in. There was never this problem when we all had metal bins with lids. It’s all cause and effect. Resorting to killing them is short sighted barbarism. I can’t imagine a seaside resort without seagulls.

    • lynne says:

      Arent you reading the comments correctly . These people along with myself live nowhere near the seaside and are being attacked because the gulls are living in an enviroment that their not meant to be in !!!! Im sick of being attacked by gullls everytime i walk my dogs and the government has to change the law and bring in a cull for town centres . Yours Lynne who lives 40 miles from the SEA ! ! ! !

      • Mandi says:

        They have had too move Inland in search of food because we, as humans, have over-fished the sea, that is why in ‘recent years’ there are reports of attacks, because they are so damn well hungry!!!!

  11. Leanne chapman says:

    come and live in my house for a week and you will soon change your mind about seagulls being protected. We live in a converted bungalow and have just about taken every measure possible to try and prevent them nesting on the flat roof above my 4 & 6 year old sons bedrooms. The noise they create at 4am at this time of year is incredible. My children are young and have a full day of school ahead and don’t need such nuisance waking them. Added to smashes glasses in the garden last year where they swoop down, parasols having to be lowered as low as they can to protect our food, and then them trying to attack my children in the garden. We had a baby seagull stuck on a lower flat roof last year and no one could touch it. It’s horrific and I would be ecstatic for a cull to be put in place!

    • Gillian Battersby says:

      Yes it must be a lovely feeling being happy over living creatures being killed. lf your baby was on a roof with a species you didnt trust near it, would you not do all you could to protect it. yes im sure you would. However, in sad little lives like yours its only humans that count eh? l might add, lve rescued many a baby seagull with NO problem at all . Perhaps they know im a kind person with great respect for these birds who have a tough deal. Going shopping for your family later are you…seagulls cant do that , their natural resources are being taken by HUMANS.

      • Bake says:

        What is wrong with you Gillian? Seriously. You are as much part of the problem as the seagulls. It is people like you who have resulted in these birds nesting in unnatural environments, becoming scavengers in towns and cities and even attacking people. If these birds were left alone IN THE FIRST PLACE then none of this would be happening. Also, to compare a seagull to a human child is SCANDALOUS! We are at the top of the food chain for a reason. Have you ever heard of Darwin?

      • Kay bishop says:

        You are pathetic

  12. Teresa Mackenzie says:

    I live in Portlethen in Aberdeen, Scotland and everyone on our street gets woken up by seagulls at 03:00am every morning. They nest between the chimney pots and have there young,but not only that. There is a slaughter house just across the road from our houses and the seagulls also go there at 03:00am so the noise is extremely loud enough to wake you every morning at that time. It’s driving me crazy people have work to go to the next morning and kids have school. Its about time these birds were culled. I made a complaint to Aberdeenshire council last year about this and they said they would put wire up to stop the nesting. Sorry council but the seagulls have already had there chicks so we are stuck with the noise and pain of being dive bombed by the seagulls for another year. This has to stop full stop.

    • Mandi says:

      So move, simple, they were there first, or do you want everything just for yourself? Get to grips with your greed.women! I live by seagulls and yes they can be annoyingly noisy but I tolerate the things we share our planet with, if I could not then I would move and not be bloody arrogant about it!!

  13. Max Armstrong says:

    Culling Seagulls…… Is this what it has come down to. Humans murdering animals just to make there lifes easyer. All animals are aggresive if there young is approched by something higher in the food chain, thats just a normal instinct. A lot of the comments ive seen at the moment have no real evidence there points up. Quote ” everyone on our street gets woken up by seagulls at 03:00am every morning. ” This comment is just plain selfishness, Its about them not about how it will “improve health and safety”. Seagulls original habitats were not out at sea but on coastlines and cliffs, before peaple started to develop beach side towns. The reason they moved into towns and citys is because the amount of mess humans created and how waistfull we are. The real problem is peaple who litter. They effect are ” Health and safety ” not the gulls.

    • Sweede says:

      Learn to spell

      • unknown says:

        Have you ever heard of a typing mistake? Or are you too thick to know what one is?

    • lynne says:

      Come and walk me dogs while being attack by 5 gulls with 4ft wingspans and razor sharp beaks . You wouldnt last a minute , the clues in the name ! Their not called TOWNGULLS !

    • Gillian Battersby says:

      Glad someone on here is on my side.x

    • alison thomasson says:

      what a load of bullshit, i have been attacked by a gull and i was no where near their nest or offspring, i was in fact walking away from my house when i was divebombed by a seagull, i was caught on my head and now in middle of summer i go armed with an umbrella, the noise they make when they are about to attack is horrendous, im a prisoner in my home now due to getting panic attacks everytime i have to go out either to walk the dog or go shopping, i worry about when i have visitors because i have a disabled son that they will also be divebombed, if i had a gun i would willingly shoot them they are a menace

  14. Unknown says:

    So everyone thinks it’s fair to take numerous of animals lives into our own hands? No it’s not fair. Yes they may be annoying and frustrating but at the end of the day they’re just trying to survive. They only attack people because that’s what is humans have taught them to do! Why should the government spend money on helping the homeless or the ex military people who come home and have no where to come after serving for our own country and the government wants to spend money on culling the seagulls? Stupid if you ask me. Seagulls only do what they do because of humans if we stopped it then so will they

    • Gary says:

      Got 2 laugh I agree they need chased out off towns but u say save the sea gulls why not every animal them when we eat chicken beef pigs culled everyday for food purposes killing is killing so lots off hypocritical crap going on here kids can’t go out on playgrounds with food anymore because these animals are attacking them for food that’s not protecting there young so do u not think we should protect our young from them if there was any other method of stopping this I would b up for it but just don’t see 1 apart from a cull.

  15. Steve Jones says:

    Ffs. Cull a few moaning humans first. The seagull is a magnificent bird. The reasons given here are pathetic. Theyre noisy? Not half as noisy as the brats who cling to their ridiculous buggy pushing single mothers on the bus. They’re aggressive? Er, they are wild birds, they protect their young and their food ,what do you expect them to do? Write to their MP? No cull is required.

  16. Cluckykaz says:

    Cull the Moaners, Save the birds. Those that moan, are truly turds. Don’t think I’ve ever used that word in my life – thank you for your idiocy – I have clearly lost IQ points reading your posts.

  17. Pando says:

    If a seagulls were bigger then us they absolutely would not hesitate to bully us, I know this because they do so with just about every other animal they are capable of pushing around.

    We currently extend them more courtesy then they deserve. I for one and not going to join hands, throw flowers and dance about their majesty while they shit on, bully, and threaten screech at everything they come into contact with.

    If a neighboring human stayed up all night screeching at you, shitting on your car, and attacked your cat you wouldnt put up with it wouldn’t be calling him majestic would you? You’d do something about him! Why? Because that kind of behavior is not acceptable in our communities, just because this particular gypsy has feathers doesn’t make him exempt.
    And just you try messing around in a seagull nesting ground.. stealing their food and attacking there young, you go see what happens.

    • unknown says:

      i think you should look and see how many animals were killed when your city or town was built and see what you would do if your home was destroyed and everyone on your street was killed so another species could live there. wouldn’t you want revenge?

    • Gillian Battersby says:

      OMG. lve 4 cats. loads of lovely seagulls that l feed 🙂 and ive saved many a baby seagull and IVE NEVER BEEN ATTACKED , NEITHER HAVE MY CATS. Stop talking rubbish. Get a life and leave birds alone.

      • Darren says:

        I work on Belmont St and see school kids and adults alike being attacked and robbed by these birds every single day. Animals are great but when they encroach on out lives to the extent that you can’t eat outside they need to be controlled.

    • Mandi says:

      Huh and humans don’t bully everything on this planet including each other, gulls are animals and we are too but a lesser type!

  18. Pando says:

    Also “Murder” is a word that applies to humans.
    If you want to humanize seagulls then you must judge them by human standards also

  19. Graeme Phelps says:

    When is this going to stop? At this rate we won’t have any wildlife left.
    If we must cull something let it be the cretins that come up theses ideas and stop destroying our beautiful world.

  20. Ann Taylor says:

    4 years ago I wrote to our member of parliament about seagulls, explaining that in Italy they feed the seagulls special pellets to stop them from breeding,I was past from one member of parliament to another ( still have the correspondence) all a waste of time. If they are given pellets the seagulls are not harmed, and the numbers drop,everyone’s happy.

  21. Stoya says:

    I fully concurr, these animals have moved beyond being a seaside resort to a full public nuisance. Aberdonian gulls are intimidatingly large and will wake you up 5am sharp every morning. A cull is required.
    Dear animal lovers, as much as you would appreciate the value of life, I would ask of you to try living with the same nuisance. You will go slowly insane with the building stress, especially if you have a very long working pattern.
    A deterrent is required and failing that, a cull.

    • Gillian Battersby says:

      Dear nature hater, l live near the sea and l LOVE seagulls, l’d rather hear their natural noise than anything humans make. Get some earplugs.

  22. Nige says:

    There’s a Main car dealership near where I live and they have one of those ‘fake falcon’ kite flying on a high pole to deter the seagulls and pigeons messing on their new cars.

  23. Alfie Hillman says:

    Seagulls are becoming more of an nuisance everyday where I live. (The most easterly point in the UK, Lowestoft).
    Yes it’s a seaside town, but they are moving further and further inland.

    I’m not sure I agree with a cull, but something needs to be done. They regularly swoop cats and dog walkers, steal food from people in town and are extremely noisy throughout the night.

  24. David says:

    Far too many seagulls, it’s time to act.

  25. Gull Hunter says:

    I shoot them. Don’t care if the law says I can’t either. I won’t tolerate these vile creatures near me. Been attacked far too many times and I got fed up with it. 12 bore gets rid of them!

    • Ian says:

      Yep,that’s the idea;shoot them all. I’ve taken a few down recently,once there’s a couple of rotting seagull corpses on the roof the rest of them take the hint and move away.

    • Mandi says:

      Really big man? Gulls can’t think you are that big if they all attack you, perhaps they have more intuition than we give them credit for? I live right by the sea, gulls all over but not yet been attacked even once, they have apparently started attacking but only in recent years, since we have over-fished the sea, so apart from attacking you because of the type of person you are, they have also started to attack because they are hungry, they may mildly attack but then there are human specimens like you that admit you go around killing just because you don’t like, so which is the worst animal, the gull or you?

  26. Drew Lyness says:

    For anyone that wants to cull gulls, do you ever ask yourselves why ecologists and environmental scientists pretty much never agree to give this the go ahead? It is not because they are all hippie animal lovers. It is because they understand the ecosystem and environmental consequences of culling these birds.

    The Herring Gull, the species normally labelled as a “seagull” has declined by over 50% in the last 40 years in Britain, and therefore has been designated a red lists species of high conservation priority and the killing of this species, be that of adults or eggs, is strictly illegal for a reason!

    The fact that they are noisy, mob pets and people to protect their young and steal the occasional chip now and again is no excuse to cull a species. There is also no scientific evidence to support that they are the sole reason for causing any significant health issues within towns and cities. If anything, they clean up the rubbish we leave behind. I have huge appreciation for them for this.

    Lastly if after all this you still feel that a cull is necessary because you think they are a threat to you, your children, pets and local wildlife…. consider this; Gulls have never killed a child in Britain, however dogs have killed several children already this year with a 3 week old baby being the latest victim just a couple of months ago. Dog mess is high densities is also a scientifically validated health hazard if not cleaned up. Cats kill over 60 million birds in Britain each year alone making them one of the biggest threats to our favorite local wildlife. Now, when was the last time you saw a page suggesting a cull on these species? I’m not by any means suggesting this as an idea because that would be awful for many people you love animals, however suggesting a cull would be appropriate for gulls, and not other species causing much more pressing issues, are extremely hypocritical.

    Enough said!

  27. Jasmine says:

    I live in a seaside town centre, gulls are a not just a nuisance there a danger, they shit everywhere attack humans and rob us. One was eating a pidgeon on my doorstop last week. All u bloody twatty nature freaks, do u even know how much they have ruined lives, they wake me up at 3am they r absolute scum n you thinking your amazing citizens well trust me they wouldn’t stick up for u lovelies no they wouldn’t think twice about shitting in ur face n pecking ur eyes out. They protecting their young hahah no they r greedy noisy little gits who have got FAR too big for the boots. Time to show em whose boss!

  28. Lesley says:

    I live next to hundreds of seagulls, they are fascinating to watch, very good parents and yes at times, especially in the breeding season they are noisy and they will attack you if you threaten their chicks. I am amazed at the ignorance on here, people should not eat in the street then the gulls will not try to steal food from them. They only do this between June and August when they are desperately trying to find food for their chicks. I agree with the comment about cats, I have a cat but cats kill thousands of birds – hence gulls don’t like cats. Have you ever seen a dog rip a seagull apart? They don’t like dogs either. It seems a lot of people on here want to live in a world with no wildlife, a safe world with no animals – not sure what they are going to do for food though. We humans are destroying this beautiful planet, not the gulls. The herring gull is a red list protected bird and the lesser black backed gull is also protected and on the decline. They are to be found where food is available because its tough feeding 2 or 3 chicks for 12 weeks throughout the whole summer. Seagulls do not attack young children. They attack cats, dogs and people threatening their chicks. They are desperate for food in the breeding season and are cheeky enough to steal if if they can. They are not dirty and they are not greedy. Have you ever seen a fat seagull? No I don’t think so but you see plenty of fat humans. So who is it that is greedy?

    • alison thomasson says:

      if people get attacked for threatening their chicks then why was i attacked when i was coming out of my house and walking down the street, i was nowhere near their nest and didnt even know it was there until they attacked, now i have panic attacks every time i have to go out, they are are an evil menace and those that do attack need to be dealt with and i would willingly do it if i had a gun,

  29. Lesley says:

    PS. There is a £5000 fine or 6 months imprisonment for killing birds and animals without a licence.

    • Mandi says:

      Glad about that, hope these gun happy killers are caught I the act. What is worse, humans taking pleasure and bragging about killing things for their own selfish reasons, or a gull who is no more noisy at night than the humans returning from the pubs and attacks to protect their young or nick the odd chip?!!!

  30. l ridyard says:

    I have just been on the receiving end of a seagull attack in my hometown which is a popular seaside resort. It mistook a packet in my hand for food and literally dive-bombed my head.
    This resulted in injury to my head and a pair of expensive glasses being broken. Let me tell you if it had of been a youngster with an icecream or food it could have been a lot worse. They are heavy and hurt when they fly at you with speed and intention. They are a danger to people when they attack in this way. At the very least measures should be taken to steer them away from highly populated towns, especially near the sea. If a dog bit me the law would not hesitate to have it put to sleep? What’s the difference.

  31. Susan says:

    I was once attacked by a seagull, I didn’t see it coming and as it was such a shock I couldn’t move because I had to protect my face. It swooped on me about 5-6 times. I must have walked near a nest which I didn’t know about. It was terrifying. I had scratches all over my head and crap dripping out of my hair and all over my clothes. Another time I was eating a sandwich and a seagull took it straight from my mouth as it came down It got my mouth, upper lip and nose. I was bleeding. It is time for them to be culled. I think there have been too many instances where people and small dogs are being attacked. Small dogs have been killed by them. I live in Torbay where there are loads.

  32. Andrew says:

    Living in Scotland and near the sea I cannot overemphasise how much of an annoyance these birds are. They crap everywhere, they sit on rooftops and scream in chorus at all hours of the day and night. They swoop and attack people and are generally a huge PITA!

    Obviously they are attracted to the food and scraps left by us humans but then that is where we should take some responsibility in our efforts to control pests that are connected to our way of life, we do it with rats, why not gulls?

    And please people STOP feeding these things it only attracts them and they hang around for ages squawking and screaming for hours on end.

    I’m off the mind to buy one of those electronic seagull distress call speakers in the meantime till our council gets it’s finger out it’s you know what.

  33. David Moxon says:

    I found this forum coincidentally when searching gull related problems. The thing that comes across in most of the posts are human related.
    Now I’m all in favour of a cull. The problem is that it cannot be indiscriminate. in my experience the problem causers invariably are herring gulls. My prime concern is the havoc they cause amongst the natural habitat and bird life of the areas they invade.
    A selective cull is OK in my book. But how to carry it out………… ? !

  34. Susan says:

    Seagulls need culling in a humane way. They are not in their original nesting sites of cliffs because they’ve worked out towns and cities are more successful places to rear chicks.
    I doubt very much they are really dwindling in numbers so they should lose their protected status.
    They are hideously noisy, aggressive, dirty birds.

    • Lee says:

      Agreed, they are awful creatures, seagull numbers have quadrupled in last 15 years, a cull is most definitely required and their protected status is not, most other birds in this country are not protected and they are surviving just nicely, why should seagulls be treated differently, we should spend more time and effort in protecting species that really are endangered.

  35. Mike says:

    I think that a cull of these vile creatures is vital but also
    the government should introduce a law with very strict
    penalties making it illegal to feed seagulls in residential areas but also to provide a place away from built up areas where the local idiots can feed them all their waste
    food. I would suggest a fine of at least £1000 with payments of say £25 as a reward for people getting
    convictions for people feeding in residential areas.

  36. vivienne says:

    I have just visited my local park in Eastbourne the lake within used to be full of swans and various other water birds,now it seams to have been overtaken by seagulls and crows.While i was there i witnessed a seagull taking a duckling from the water and flying off luckily for that duckling it was dropped and a passer by picked it up and returned it to the water,The balance of birds is out of control so something must be done to help.
    Give the other birds a fighting chance and make the park a safer and more pleasant place to visit.
    Cull the inland invaders.

  37. Mandi says:

    Replenish the Seas!!!!!

  38. Rob Muldoon says:

    These birds are the true rats of the sky, something we accuse pigeons of being, give me pigeons any day. These airborne vermin have become a complete nightmare. I have been attacked by them, defecated on, my car virtually every day, I’ve even had food snatched from a plate carrying to a table outdoors. Enough is enough, they have got to be thinned out. Apart from the obvious health hazards they create, they are getting extremely aggressive. I saw one the other day trying to pick up a kitten! Lately they are even starting to circle me sitting in my garden and yes, aiming at me with their anus! It’s got to stop! I’m going gun training!

  39. MillieMoe says:

    The herring full is a protected species but 3 months of year it’s ok to cull them? Kinda contridictory don’t you think? The route of this problem is humans ( why should the birds suffer). We have dissrupted their food chain and habitat so that they gave had to adapt. Lack of food brings them more inland to survive , their social behaviour has also envolded to beimg more social , strucking together. I have seagulls nest on my roof every year, have attacked me, stolen food but I wouldn’t ever dream of shooting or culling. Instead I still help them when their injured and put there babies in places of Saftey . It’s human behaviour and lifestyle that should change to adapt and be able to live alongside nature not destroy it

  40. Allyfree says:

    My neighbour works in a pub and has taken to bringing home the scraps for the gulls. I have been in the property for 3 years when I first came here there were two gulls now there are so many I can’t count them. I have them on my roof, I have been attacked in my garden by an adult gull and it was extremely scary, it didn’t touch me but it was giving me a clear warning. I love all wildlife but this problem is horrendous and does need to be addressed I’m scared to death of being attacked again and afraid of the gulls scavenger habits encouraging other vermin. I’m all for culling

  41. Very very bad idea leave the gulls alone it’s murder what gives a human the right to take any life ,, sooo wrong di not kill our birds

  42. Cat says:

    People are vermin, not seagulls. We have taken over the wild life’s land, what are we expecting? The least we can do is try to minimise our impact on other species. I can’t even begin to address the ridiculous claims that seagulls represent any kind of risk to anyone. I have lived with seagulls for years and have been able to observe them closely, they are harmless intelligent creatures.

  43. Neil says:

    Gulls moving into towns and cities should be culled as they become extremely dangerous to anyone walking past nesting sites during the nesting season.
    I have witnessed gulls attack humans, animals and other birds!
    Pigeons are classed as vermin and can be culled but they are far less destructive or dangerous than gulls.
    If gulls become a problem to any householder or property owner then the person affected should be permitted to have the problem dealt with without having to live with the threat of prosecution for doing so!
    Roofing Contractors are unable to carry out their daily duties of repairing roofs, or re-roofing properties due to gulls attacking them and firing spit at them….they are dangerous filthy vermin that need to be controlled within towns and cities.

  44. Teri Hodkinson says:

    My cat was lifted off the ground today 24th June 2017 by a seagull and a few more attacked her , I live in a village in Somerset, She is terrified now and acting all skittish. Something has to be done , so called experts are wrong , THEY DO ATTACK , my cat was just sitting there .

  45. Robert Mutti says:

    Great Idea! Today Please!
    The noise these scavengers make is a nightmare!
    I have also seen them swoop on passers by, and rip open rubbish bags and get into bins creating an unsightly rodent habitat.
    Has anyone thought of the amount of clean drinking water that is wasted cleaning their shit of cars and windows? It’s not like we have too much of that resource!
    Do it now!

  46. Bill mac says:

    It is 3am and the sound outside my window in Brighton is deafening. There are tens of thousands of them screeching and screaming. They have mutated and grown. They kill off all other natural birds and are a pest like rats.

    I do agree that they have only got to this place because of the massive amounts of inland waste we produce and because of our actions out at sea however it’s time to start trying to manage them through culling.

    I am both an environmentalist and a realist.

  47. Gary says:

    I live in an inland city. They have webbed feet and loud squawks perfectly evolved for the sea. Send them back.

  48. Margaret Merry says:

    Kirkcaldy High Street. Life now like trying to survive in the middle of a bird colony. Windows permanently shut. Ear plugs permanently in. Screaming, screeching gulls surrounding my top floor flat 24/7. Noise incredible. Sleep elusive. Stress levels sky-high. Depression real. If a neighbour was making this amount of noise over a prolonged, constant period I could take some kind of action. Each breeding pair on neighbouring shop roofs has a couple of young. All of which will be here next year. Cull is absolutely needed.

  49. Angela says:

    Leave the poor birds alone. Sick and tired of humans thinking they are god. They have every right to live. Disgusted angry and ashamed that animals get treated in such a way. Humans really are a plague on this earth

  50. Dave Shiel says:

    Cull needed. I cannot believe some of the people that want to protect these birds .They are an absolute menace. Their droppings all over laundry, cars and us. The squawking, the dive bombing and actual attacks. What gets to me is ‘ they are protected ‘ It is about time the government started a bill to unprotect them. A massive YES to a nationwide cull.

  51. Wendy says:

    I had a gull mess on me 4 times in 1 hour whilst I was just trying to soak up some rays. Made my beach visit very very unpleasant. Witnessed 2 people get attacked for their food. They really are flying vermin and a cull is most definitely needed! This needs to be addressed BIG time before something bad happens.

  52. Ste says:

    A nationwide cull is certainly overdue. Just rats with wings attacking people, stealing food from peoples hands and shitting all over the place and all over people. Cull cull cull. Whilst culling we could do with culling all the do-gooder tree huggers saying they are beautiful creatures. Need to cull pigeons too.

  53. Bergle says:

    And it continues to get worse each year! Wake up government!

  54. Jamie Brown says:

    Seagull noise and swooping behaviour is making my life a misery, I am woken at home at 4 – 5am by them and also have to listen to them daily at work as out office has a flat roof they love to be on.
    The live so long and have so many young that the seaside towns I live, work and visit are becoming overrun.
    I am an animal lover in general but they exist are too great a number now not to be controlled to some extent.
    I also feel that people don’t help by feeding them, our leftovers are not meant to be part of the food chain and encouraging them / making it easier for them to raise more and more offspring is not natural.
    Councils need to start taking action!

  55. Unknown says:

    Totally agree with culling seagulls they are spiteful annoying pests and when shops in my town put posters up saying ” do not feed the gulls they are not hungry they are aggressive ” i totally agree and the numbers need to be brought down ! My stupid neighbour feeds them everyday and they sit on her shed allday moaning and i cant have a bbq in the summer with my family because they are savage to people eating . Cull these birds !!!!!

  56. Christine says:

    We are just a couple of miles from the sea and I wish all those sodding gulls would stay there and not come inland. There’s loads of them in the town centre and some of them fly quite low, practically just over our heads. They do make a racket and I’ve been woken by them many times at 4 in the morning. They shit all over and believe me when you’ve been crapped on by a seagull you know about it. I’ve never been attacked but I do feel intimidated by them. I’m sure the town would be much better without the constant nuisance of them. I’ve been saying for a while that they should be culled.

  57. Gary says:

    Far far too many and they are so antisocial , noisy horrible things that have been waking me up for yrs
    cull them !

  58. Roland Rat says:

    Time for a cull! If this was any other animal then it would have happened years ago, and yes I’m aware humans are a pain too.

    Their numbers have grown way out of control and unless you want to police every tourist spot 24hrs a day you’ll never stop people feeding them.

  59. William Barlow says:

    Far too many ‘flying rats’ (Herring Gulls) they are now a pest which needs controlling.
    The damage they do to the environment is enormous. The noise, smell and aggressive behaviour should not be tolerated.
    Action now before something really serious occur

    • A Bonn says:

      They are not fluting ruts, but animals who live in their natural habitat. Protect life, not kill!!

  60. A Bonn says:

    Stop killing wildlife!!!!!

  61. Ady , concerned says:

    I lived in Cornwall 35 years ago,I used to visit St Ives regularly. 3 years ago I took my new partner to St Ives for a visit. I treated her to local fish and chips and sat down to eat them. Within seconds we were mobbed by these nasty seagulls.There ploy is to bully you into a state of panic so that you drop your food. One of them perched two feet away …squawking loudly. These creatures do not scare me but I was afraid for my partner. We were advised to stand with our backs to the building. As we stood there we witnessed 3 kids having their ice cream stolen out of their hands!
    If I was a resident i would not hesitate in carrying a cane to defend myself. If there was an open season on herring gulls let me know. I will gladly help. There is a similar problem in Swanage. You can’t outside because idiot tourists from inner cities think it’s good to feed them !

  62. Marc says:

    I live by Eastbourne seafront and I don’t have a problem with the gulls. Sometimes I have lunch there; no gulls mugging me for food. Occasionally, one gull will stand a few feet from me, that’s it. The far greater problem in our towns and cities are all these loons driving around in cars and vans, often while looking at their phones. I chose not to drive a very long time ago. Seeing how my peers suffered from this addiction, put me right off.

    A seagull may be guilty of nicking the odd bag of fish&chips. Car and van drivers kill thousands of people in the UK every year and inflict life-changing injuries to far more. Time to gain some perspective here I feel.

  63. Save Abz says:

    I think seagulls should definitely be culled not made extinct but it’s numbers lowered especially in Aberdeen where this story has came from, as a Aberdeen local the seagull epidemic has reached a frustrating high I have traveled to most places in the uk and out and I have never seen seagulls the size of cats and nesting in the centre of town swooping on people in gangs for food and attacking them. also and I have seen them attacking other birds pecking them to death and swallowing them whole like a python and am not talking about little birds like robins am talking about pigeons it’s gotten out of hand and I compare them to street rats and shouldn’t be protected.

    I know people will think I hate wildlife but it’s the opposite I love wildlife and think wildlife is amazing but these birds have became more like mutations of seagulls bigger in mass and very nasty. If you go to north Berwick you will find a huge rock covered in seagulls off the cost and you barely see them in town and at the size in Aberdeen.

  64. Alex says:

    I live in Greenock and it really pisses me off reading the comments from those people saying how wonderful the gulls are. If you live around them you will know their numbers are out of control. People are not talking about wiping them out but reducing their numbers. They constantly crap all over your car and on the roof tops. They wake you up in the middle of the night. I love nature but know when things have gotten out of control. I cant think what benefits they bring to the area apart from misery.

  65. Pauline Lee says:

    June 2020 and working in a very quiet London, am noticing the sound of what I used to know of the seaside when I was a little girl. Seagulls used to be a nice sight but in the past few months , I’ve seen seagulls at my local park attack ducks and their young and more recently, just last week, seagulls attacking pigeons and eating them in one. I know pigeons are vermin but they’re a part of London and I’m seeing ever decreasing numbers. Seagulls are huge and are clearly imports of the ones who have hiked rides from P&O ferries from France over the years, no longer the small types. To save the UK flocks of wonderful birds, seagulls and crows need to be culled on a huge scale and soon. Crows have been picking starlings and tits out of the sky in Beckenham for years. Food chain or not, the governments need to do something, our little song birds have no chance.

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