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A seagull on Suffolk Street, Dublin this week

It would appear that there is a seagull out there somewhere determined to buy my car, almost daily leaving a deposit on same.

Tom Gilsenan,
Beaumont,
Dublin 9.

Seagulls (Irish Times letters page)

Pic: Kirsten Williams

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On display in Dublin City Council Civic Offices, Wood Quay

Vinny O Reilly writes:

They’re really our friends…

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I find it curious that acknowledging the increased numbers and aggressive nature of urban gulls provokes such smug hilarity if not outright contempt. The increased number of urban gull colonies in Ireland and the UK is readily acknowledged by ornithologists.

It seems at least plausible to me that bad waste management practices and conscious human interactions (deliberate provision of food) have led to a change in size and behaviour of the seagull population, not to mention their feathered counterpart, the urban pigeon.

Anyone who has tried to eat lunch in Heuston Station will be familiar with the pesky pigeons emboldened by easy meals from foolish people who think it’s cute to feed these flying pests. Meanwhile, outside on the Liffey the magnificent cormorants and herons are outnumbered by those awful scavenging gulls.

Paul Kean,
Dublin 8.

Seagulls (Irish Times)

Previously: Mean Gulls

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Wild deer in Phoenix Park, Dublin in August 2015

Stop that!

While walking in the wonderful Phoenix Park recently, I passed a man with a bag of carrots who was obviously intending to feed the nearby herd of wild deer.

I pointed out that feeding the deer was clearly prohibited and not in the interests of the herd and was met with a volley of abuse and told in no uncertain terms to mind my own business – despite the presence of the man’s two children.

Clearly some people enjoy interacting with animals and blind themselves to the consequences of their actions, particularly when it comes to handsome animals such as deer. However, throughout the city I have seen people deliberately feeding seagulls on the quays, pigeons in train stations and grey squirrels in the park.

Can I reassure your readers that these wild animals will not die a painful death without ostensibly well-intentioned interventions and that in fact it is better to leave well enough alone. In fact, those who truly care about nature should keep an appropriate distance from wild animals and encourage others to do the same…

Paul Kean,
Dublin 8.

Irish Times Letters

Henry writes:

I thought this was a good, non vested-interest letter. I see this myself and it drives me crazy. Feeding seagulls is particularly silly…

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