Many seagulls’ colonies moved to urban areas, even quite far from the coast

They usually live in colonies and nest along the coastline, in wetlands or in inland waters. They feed on fish, eggs, little carrions, insects, worms, food waste or even garbage.
Several seagulls’ colonies moved to urban areas, even quite far from the coast. There, they feed on food waste, they chase littler birds or rats. In some cases, they even attack humans trying to get food. Scientists believe that the rise of some seagulls’ species was caused by the change of our society. Nowadays it is based on consumerism: it means that we often waste goods and different kind of products, so we tend to produce a big quantity of garbage

A big part of them is brought to open-air dumps, with many consequences on the presence of seagulls.
Sometimes, seagulls could try to keep humans away, especially when they nest on rooftops or terraces and during their chicks’ growth. Otherwise, a seagull which received some food previously, could expect a new offering. This might be a tense moment in the relationship with humans, as it will get closer to someone who is eating and, in this way, it will create a dangerous condition. It is necessary humans to change their approach to seagulls in order to prevent this kind of problems. In the first case, it would be better to guard the area where they could nest (in the period they look for the perfect location: usually in January or February) to make them understand that the location they identified is not safe enough. Some other ways to keep them away are bollards or laser-based deterrents.

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