Gulls are also predators

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I am sure a lot of the people who read the story in last week’s Observer about gulls being blown out of their nests due to the windy weather and being nursed back to health by the RSPCA would have felt sorry for the poor creatures and perhaps are pleased that it will mean there are more gulls around the town.

I thought the photograph I took a few days ago would show another side to the story where the gull pictured snatched a very young moorhen chick on the small pond in Alexandra Park from the brave mother trying to care for her diminishing brood. After evading aerial attempts to snatch the booty by other gulls the moorhen was gobbled up.

Every gull that the RSPCA nurses back to good health is another predator that will fly inland to attack and decimate waterfowl like moorhens that are struggling to survive. I can tolerate the airborne attacks from seagulls whilst eating an outdoor lunch, but sadly when feeding places for gulls like Pebsham close, these airborne town pests will continue looking at the wildlife in our parks for their lunch.

BOB HART

Lower Park Road