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Some of them dive down and steal your fish and chips - others rip rubbish bags to shreds leaving the contents to spill out over the road. Seagulls can be a menace, and the urban seagull is on the rise.
So much so that one of the region's MPs has called a 'seagull summit' to look at what needs to be done to tackle the problem. Watch Tanya Mercer's report here.
We asked our viewers what they think of seagulls on our Facebook page. Here are some of their responses.
We've been asking people in the South West what they think of seagulls. One mother said she hates them but her son loves them, so much so, his first words were the noise seagulls make.
Peter Rock, an expert from Bristol University recently spoke out about the problem of gulls in a summit hosted in Parliament. He says 'noise' is one of the major issue in most towns.
Urban seagulls are becoming an increasing problem across the South West. Local MP Don Foster has recently called on a 'seagull summit' to discuss the problems caused by these feathered creatures.
It's estimates that there are 5,000 of them in Bristol and 6,000 in Gloucester. Experts say more research needs to be done on why these gulls thrive in urban communities.
The MP for Bath hosted a 'seagull summit in Parliament today to discuss the problems being caused by urban seagulls. Peter Rock, an expert from Bristol University, highlighted noise and damage to properties as just some of the problems being faced by communities.
He also estimated that there are more than 100,000 seagulls and the numbers are increasing rapidly. Mr Rock believes the current techniques in bringing down numbers are having little effect.
The meeting concluded that there was an urgent need for research into what makes the urban gull so successful. A further meeting will be organised for the near future.