They've been getting a bad press recently and that shows no signs of changing any time soon. Seagulls seem to be getting angrier, more aggressive and fearless and have no hesitation in swooping down on unsuspecting members of the public.
And they appear to be particularly menacing in St Ives. In fact so much so, there's been a dramatic increase in the number of complaints about seagull attacks. Our Cornwall correspondent Steve Hardy reports.