Evelyne Coulston
Age Group:
Over 18s
Human Impacts
Camera Used:
Panasonic DMC - FZ48
Image caption:

This image of a juvenile Herring Gull was taken at Rest Bay, Porthcawl, Wales. Whilst other species of gull swooped over the sand, this bird was alone, quite silent. A sign of the times? Changes in fishing practices have had a negative impact; the lack of food pushing many gulls inland, intelligently adapting to the urban environment with its plentiful - if unhealthy - pickings and predator-free roofs for nesting. However their raucous cries, droppings and protectiveness of their young makes for an uneasy and often conflictive relationship with humans, resulting in measures to reduce the birds such as gull-proof waste disposal bags or hawks to scare them away, and, more seriously, the regulated culling by the removal of eggs and nests. A sad situation considering that their numbers have dropped to such an extent that in 2009 they were placed on the Red List of birds of conservation concern.

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