HAVING read the hysteria regarding seagulls has it escaped everyone’s notice that seabirds are indigenous to the area and are a real presence only at nesting time, after all, we are near the sea; problems are not with the gulls but human beings.
If food waste wasn’t disposed of with gay abandon, if weekenders were compelled not to leave their rubbish outside for days before collection, if bins were gull proof then the problems would be lessened.
Guano can easily be washed off which is more than can be said for chewing gum and spit. Furthermore, if we hadn’t fished out the sea they could eat their natural feed and not gorge on chips and other assorted detritus we feel fit to sling anywhere.
Personally, I would rather be woken in the early hours by the natural sounds of gulls welcoming the dawn than convoys of motor cycles screaming along at any time from 5am, heavy lorries bouncing down the road at all hours, people with sound systems bigger than their IQ’s and giving us all the pleasure of howling pop singers from their cars, loud music in gardens, the stink of barbecues, revellers going home at all hours from pubs and clubs shouting and squabbling, chainsaws at weekends etc.
I have a guest house and I am sure when guests come to a town near the sea one of the sounds they expect to hear are seabirds.
The present kerfuffle reminds me of those who go to live in the country and complain about cocks crowing, cows mooing, smells and sundry other bucolic pleasantries.
We are all part of a holistic creation, even seagulls so for Pete’s sake get a life, let’s tidy up our own act and live and let live.