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.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

RSPB hits out over seagull eggs restaurant delicacy

By WMNDavidWells  |  Posted: September 05, 2016

Bird conservationists have issued a warning over the latest food craze sweeping upmarket London restaurants – seagull eggs.

Seagulls might be a menace to anyone eating food on the seafront of Plymouth and a thorn in the side of tourists across the South West, but the tables are turned in the capital where diners cannot get enough of the delicacy.

Hundreds of thousands of seagull eggs are being sold to posh restaurants to feed hungry restaurant-goers – raising concerns for the RSPB and other bird lovers.

The eggs - which are harvested legally and not poached - are considered a delicacy among London's discerning diners.

The eggs, which can fetch up to £10 each, are taken from the nests of black-headed gulls.

Natural England issues licences for people to harvest the 
eggs from the birds, which are common along the south coastlines of Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall.

The organisation, which is the government's adviser for the natural environment, has disclosed that over a period of seven years it has issued licences allowing almost 500,000 eggs to be taken from black-headed gulls.

And according to a Freedom of Information request it approved the taking of nearly 33,000 eggs last year alone.

Although licenses are given out for those who harvest the eggs, the RSPB has said that there is a concern about the issue of people taking the eggs illegally. 

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