Liam Collins: It's war on seagulls
Published 22/07/2015 | 02:30
Seagulls are attacking pet dogs and killed a poor tortoise in England, and here magpies are conducting mass massacres of small garden birds such as sparrows, tits and thrushes.
It's time to have more than a "conversation", as advocated by British prime minister David Cameron, about such out-of-control species - it's really time to have an official extermination programme to curb the rapacious ways of gulls and magpies.
Ironically, gulls are protected in Ireland, though there seems little evidence of a "large decline" in the population.