Only culling will cut gull numbers

Dear Editor,

I often enjoy the sometimes informed, though sadly often not, discourses regarding the Gull “problem” in Rye, and the spurious and pointless spoutings from variuos quarters.

To begin in earnest it is the Herring Gull to which we must concern ourselves, there are in fact 23 species of European gull, all of which are opportunistic feeders, yet only one of significance the Herring learnt early on that humans habbit of rubbish disposal from bin to tip was an incredible source of food.

All animals want access to the quickest, easiest and safest food sources and human activity has proved manna to herring gulls, not to mention rats and foxes rise in proportion to human occupation.

Although the misguided continue to feed these creatures, the simple fact remains that an ability to modify diet, nest sites and in the case of the gulls a lack of predators (egg stealing and canibalism included) has presented a perfect environment for extra broods, thus increasing bird numbers.

No action other than culling or egg removal will contain numbers (one supposes there is a natural optinum number not yet reached) yet as these birds enjoy legal portection we will have to lump it, and trust me my wife and I loose hours sleep to these now fliers by night with their raucous screeming.

So please if once again birds of prey are employed, no more rubbish about the agle that landed on my doggy, they will be carrying off babies next

Yours Sincerely, Brian Champion, Cooper Road, Rye.