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Seagulls Have Favourite Chippy Locations And Travel To Specific Shops For A Feed

Research finds Seagulls will travel 100s of kilometres to visit their favourite chippy. 

Just like humans, it turns out Seagulls have their favourite locations to get chips, research has found. The British Trust for Ornithology has used GPS technology to tag seagulls, which can live for up to 12 years, to track their movements.

Seagulls, who habitat in various locations such as grasslands, farmland and urban areas, and survive on a wide variety of different foods from earthworms, fish and of course chips, showed data of the birds making return visits to the same chippy.

Dr Nina O'Hanlon, the study's author, said: 'We downloaded data from at least five individuals at the chip shop.

'Some of the individuals were making repeated visits.'

The study was part of efforts to understand why there has been a steep decline in the number of herring gulls, despite their reputation as a widespread nuisance.

'Identifying the intertidal areas most favourable to herring gulls and providing effective protection during the non-breeding period could benefit populations,' the researchers wrote in their paper.

'For example, through reducing human disturbance, sustainable management of harvesting intertidal invertebrates, and managing conflict between wildlife and shellfisheries, which would likely benefit multiple species using intertidal habitats.'

The research was published in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science.