Winter by Stephanie Lambourne for Green Pebble Cards
Give seagulls back their natural home, which is the sea! Our gulls are amazing birds. They naturally eat fish and have a special gland to drink seawater. They are wonderful mothers and only come inland, due to dwindling fish stocks and fast food litter.
Don’t feed seagulls (unless they are starving) or they will come to rely on you. If you feed them, gradually reduce food in summer, when is plenty of natural food around. Don’t give birds or wildfowl stale or mouldy bread, nor anything with fat (roast dinner, buttered sandwiches) as this clogs feathers, and can affect waterproofing/insulation.
How to Help Our Beautiful Gulls
- Many people and communities are now choosing to use gull-proof sacks from WeirBags or Sackmaker, over plastic bags for rubbish. The idea is that seagulls and foxes and rats can’t get into them (nor ingest plastic). They are emptied and returned. Some may blow away in the wind.
- This post & RSPB have info on helping injured/orphaned gulls. Most times parents are nearby. If you need to help, Wild Bird Rehab has advice, take to a local wildlife rescue. It’s illegal to harm a seagull (or disturb a nest). Report concerns to Wildlife Crime Unit or Crimestoppers (anonymous).
- PiCAS offers skilled help for humane deterrence of gulls (and pigeons and doves) using effective affordable methods like dummy eggs and harmless bird spikes. These have higher rates of success than lethal control or birds of prey (which can rip birds to pieces). Their services are used by offices, schools, hospitals and councils.
Beautiful Books on Seagulls
Good books about seagulls are The Seafarers (a journey to meet seagulls around the coast) and The Gull Next Door (a unique meditation and portrait of a misunderstood bird, with tips to protect gull populations).