People in Bath are being asked to take action to tackle its gull problem.
The birds are starting to arrive back for spring and the council is warning residents and visitors not to feed them and to make sure that rubbish bags are gull proof.
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.