This is the first of what I’m hoping to become a regular overview of gull related articles in officially published media such as newspapers, scientific papers, etc. from around the world that caught my eye because they are interesting, fascinating, disturbing, upsetting, funny, etc.
23 May 2013
Conservation agency approved cull of endangered birds, documents show
Abstract: “Natural England licensed cull of tens of thousands of lesser black-backed gulls on one of England’s largest shooting estates”
Source: the guardian Web site
12 May 2013
Why giant gulls could be the answer to the urban seagulls terrorising our towns and cities
Abstract: “Great black-backed gulls are up to twice the size of the gulls we normally see in towns and could slowly be making their homes on urban rooftops. […] and feeding on the eggs and chicks of nuisance gulls.”
Source: Wales Online
15 May 2013
GULL’S EGGS: A RARE TREAT FOR DISCERNING DINERS OF BOISDALE
Abstract: “Champagne, caviar, oysters and whisky are all specialities taken very seriously at Boisdale’s three London venues, making them the perfect settings in which to celebrate spring by showcasing an extremely rare delicacy: the gull’s egg.
These treasured black-headed seagull’s eggs are incredibly hard to come by as you need a unique licence to collect them – there are only about 25 of these in existence, and of those only about a third are actually in use. They can only be collected from six specific UK sites between April 1 and May 15 and only a single egg can be taken from a nest.
The eggs are traditionally eaten hard-boiled but as they have become increasingly fashionable, chefs have started to become more adventurous in experimenting with them.”
Source: Boisdale of Canary Warf
1 May 2013
VIDEO: Seagull with fish hook caught in mouth entangled in power lines at Tresillian
Abstract: “A seagull with a fish hook in its mouth became entangled in power lines above a main road. Firefighters used their expertise to rescue the seagull caught up in the electricity cables above the A390 in Tresillian.”
6 May 2013
Man jailed for driving into threatened gull colony
Abstract: “An Ashburton man has been successfully prosecuted by the Department of Conservation for damage to a nesting colony of endangered black-billed gulls (tarāpuka). […] The incident is likely to have had a significant impact on the gull colony, which that year made up 11% of the total black-billed gull population, said DOC Raukapuka Area Office Manager George Hadler.”
Source: Department of Conservation Web site
8 May 2013
Are seagulls killing whales in Patagonia?
Abstract: “…scientists say seagulls may be responsible for hundreds of southern right whale mortalities off the Argentine coastline. […] Scientists now hypothesize that kelp gulls (Larus dominicanus) may be behind the high death rate, since the gulls repeatedly land on southern right whales pecking at them to tear off chunks of skin and blubber for food.”