As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Saturday 26 July 2014

Defending nest and young 'part of gull DNA'

By The Cornishman | Posted: July 24, 2014

A CHARITY set up to protect birds believes that many of the problems associated with seagulls is down to looking after their young.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) says seagulls can become aggressive if they fear their nest is in danger.

Tony Whitehead, from the RSPB, said: "Herring gulls take parenting very seriously – defending their nest and their young is part of their DNA.

"If the gulls believe their eggs or young are in danger, they understandably become very protective and can be aggressive in defence of their young.

"However, if you, your loved one, or pet experience this type of gull behaviour it can be a very frightening experience and you don't much care if the gull's motives are actually honourable because they are protecting their young."

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