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English summary of an article published in Le Monde on 15 August 2006
By Michaëla Bobasch

Seagulls cries have long been associated with the seaside and water bodies. Nowadays their noise pollutes inner cities and deafens city dwellers. Large cities in Europe, including Paris, are hosts to thousands of gull species (brown-back, silver-back, sterns), some with wingspan greater than one meter.

Although people once delighted in watching them fly and feed around sunset, they quickly changed their attitude when the cries from hordes of seagulls began waking them at five in the morning, according to a resident of Montpellier. The birds are also causing considerable damage to the environment. Their droppings corrode the paint on cars; they can tear up lawns, block eaves with leftovers from scavenged meals, and they can be a danger at airports.

The Mediterranean shoreline is also feeling the effects, although a few years later than the Atlantic coast, according to Bernard Cadiou, an ornithologist and member of the “Bretagne vivante” association. Specialists have been aware of this ongoing problem since the 1970s when large gull colonies, attracted by landfills, moved into urban areas. With an abundance of food and an absence of predators, they are fast increasing in numbers. Although their population is decreasing in their natural habitat, their numbers are on the rise in man-made habitats—in cities and towns.

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