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Posted: 21:59 24 Jul 2016
I have had seagulls attack me while out running in the streets around our house, swooping down from behind and striking me on the head. This was when they were nesting in the chimney stack of a nearby house. There are no nests around us this year so it is safe to go out. If you ever have signs of them setting up home on your chimneys take action quickly, they are absolute pests.
Posted: 13:56 25 Jul 2016
The worse place I've known for seagulls was when I worked for St Regis and visited the paper-mill up at Watchet (now closed). The mill was pretty much built against a cliff where there were hundreds of nesting pairs, which made the trek between the mill and the engineering department very dangerous when they were looking after the young: you were continually dive-bombed and covered in guano.
Posted: 12:55 27 Jul 2016
Consider the story of a local man, who on seeing a young gull fallen from a nest, rescued it, placed it back on the roof it had fallen from and gave it something to eat. That local would later rue that he ever did that, as the gull grew up to hate him and become the bane of his life, dive bombing and attacking him at every opportunity for years after. Still, as they say, no good deed deserves to go unpunished, not least in the world of gulls at any rate.