co-exist happily enough.
In recent years there has been much snarling and whinging about
so-called aggressive behaviour by seagulls, and even barbaric calls for their slaughter. An alternative approach has been suggested by the 'Coastal Hawks Project’ whose idea is to scare gulls away from town centre by parading birds of prey. Just the presence of a hawk is enough to put the victims in fear of their lives – so they fly away.
This bullying and threatening tactic is preferable to killing the gulls or sabotaging eggs. It has novelty appeal and should find public support. I congratulate the organisers for showing initiative and imagination, but I would fall short of giving the project personal support. My view remains that the difficulties are caused by people eating in the streets and failing to dispose of food waste sensibly. Birds are not a problem, human beings are.