With their noisy calls and voracious appetite the European herring gull, or Seagull as it's more commonly known as, are a distinctive feature of the British seaside.
But relations between humans and seagulls are becoming fraught. Holidaymakers have complained of being "mugged" by fearless seagulls stealing chips, sandwiches and ice cream. Resorts are considering ways to curb gull populations, including the use of squadrons of falcons and hawks. One council is imposing fines up to £2,500 on people caught feeding the birds.