Control of Silver Gulls

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Subject: Control of Silver Gulls
From: "John Nankervis" <>
Date: Mon, 12 Jun 2000 10:25:09 +1000
I have recently read with interest a copy of Galah No. 44 the inhouse
newsletter of Birds Australia concerning the desecration of the Banded Stilt
breeding colonies by Silver Gulls at Lake Eyre.  In the report it makes
mention of action that could be taken to control the predation by the gulls
should there be any further breeding by the stilts.

I quote:  "Proven methods exist for gull control, including the use of bread
soaked in alpha-chloralose.  This has proved effective in extensive gull
control programs carried out in Western Europe and North America over the
last 30 years."

I am all for adopting ways to stop the predation but my question is this,
what specific effect or deterrent does "alpha chloralose" have on the gulls?

Can anyone throw some light on this for me?

John Nankervis
Barham  N.S.W

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