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Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Wet Weather and Segulls

What i have also noticed with seagulls anytime there is any stormy weather coming inland from the coast there is usualy a group of segulls flying with the heavy rain, it must just blow them of course from the coast. Or they may just be land based gulls coming further inland to seek shelter from the storm.

Tuesday, 18 December 2007

Cleaning up Landfill and Using Them

Since landfill sites were first opened there has always been a problem with the pollution they give off. Modern day landfill how ever have become alot cleaner and echonomical. For one thing they have stopped the dumping of harmfull chemicals and metals in landfill like car batteries, paint, thinners and Zinc. Secondly before dumping the garbage in landfill they make a thick lining of clay on the base of the landfill to stop any possible polutants from leeking out and harming the enviroment. Thirdly they are using landfill to generate power for surrounding homes by collecting the methane gas landfill give off as the garbage rots down. From here the gas gets taken to power plants where it is used to drive large turbines which in turn creates electricity. So as you can see there are benefits to landfill.

Saturday, 8 December 2007

Christmas at the Landfill-Site

Christmas at the landfill is a peacefull time of year for the residents that depened on them. The Sea Gulls, Pigeons, Foxes, Rats and others put there differences to one side and wish each other a Merry Christmas. So at this point from me Head of the landfill blog have a Peacefull Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.

Wednesday, 28 November 2007

Gulls Following Plough.

As you can see in this picture some gulls are following the plough which is digging over fresh earth ready for the new crops to go in for the next season. The reason why they follow the plough is as the plough is moving along it is digging up worms and other insects for them to eat, so the gulls will benefit from this free source of food.

Thursday, 15 November 2007

BlackBacked Gulls

BlackBacked Gulls there is the lesser and greater BlackBacked Gull, you can find these birds inland mostly through the winter time around large lakes and lagoons. You can also see them around landfill sites looking for scraps of food. Sadly the BlackBacked Gulls are declining in numbers which may be the result of over fished sea's. Even though they come inland during winter times they would much prefer to be on coastline when it comes to breeding, so lack of there natural food fish to feed there chicks may explain there lack of numbers. If we can bring a normal balance back to fish stocks which I think we are doing slowly there numbers will increase again.

Monday, 5 November 2007

Black Headed Gulls

Black Headed gulls are mostly found inland where you will find them around lakes resevoirs and canals. They feed on anything from discarded food scraps in school yards and car parks to garbage on landfill sites and worms that they pick out from fields that have been cut. You will find them all around the uk in citys, countryside and sea side resorts. They nest mostly inland on marshes and lagoons, infact if you come to see some of the RSPB bird reserves in the UK you will always find some nesting on site.

Wednesday, 24 October 2007

Gulls Over Landfill

There nothing like watching a large flock of gulls flying over a landfill site.

Fresh Kills Landfill Site

The now closed Fresh Kills landfill site knear to Newyork was briefly reopened to hold the remains of the attack on the world trade centre on 9/11. Now it has been closed again and is now going to begin a new life as a wildlife reserve, it will also hold a memorial remembering the lives that were sadly lost on 9/11. They are going to make variouse lakes around the site for birds and other wildlife to congrigate and also plant vatiouse woodlands and turn it into one big reserve. Fresh Kills before it was closed was one of the biggest landfill sites in the world so big that you could see it from space. Thankfully now the man made structure is going to be reclaimened and is now looking forward to a greener future.

Tuesday, 23 October 2007


I just like watching gulls Ive been fascinated by them since I was a child whether it was by the seaside or inland by lakes or resevoirs. No matter where the gulls are I have to watch them and try to identify the species. Anyway the next place I would like to visit to watch them is on a landfill site I've seen them on telly and in pictures but never actualy been to one. Ive contacted my local council to find out where my local landfill site is based. Not sure what sort of answer I will recieve but I'll wait and see.

Saturday, 20 October 2007

Why Gulls Use Landfill

The reason why gulls use landfill is simple its a great source of food especialy during winter periods when food out at sea is few and far between. Using landfill also brings them inland for the warmer climate, it gets them away from the harsh weather and heavy seas you get around coastal areas. Another benefit of landfill is it offers a stop off point in the uk for migrating gulls like the Icelandic gulls. They act in a similar way as motorway services would act for us if we were traveling any long distances, it offers them somewhere to rest and feed. Since landfill sites started to appear in the uk there have been a rise in different different species of migrating gulls using our country as anew stop off point to rest. So as you can see landfill does have some benefits for wildlife plus landfill sites are becoming more resoucefull and cleaner.

Wednesday, 17 October 2007

Gull Species and Others

Herring Gull, Lesser Blackbacked Gull, Greater Blackbacked Gull, Bonaparte Gull, Laughing Gull, Blackheaded Gull, Common Gull, Icelandic Gull, Ringbilled Gull, Siberian Gull, Glacouse Gull, Carrion Crow, Ravens, Jackdaws, Rooks.

Landfill for Sea Gulls

Landfill to all sea gulls is a sea of food, they are depending on them due to the way we fish using dragnets which are reducing the there supply of natural food fish.. In a way we are steeling there food so they have the right to benefit from ours. With out our landfill sites in different countries the Gull population would be struggling especialy with over fishing in the sea and oceans. I agree that Landfill sites are not good for the enviroment and that we should continue to reduce the amount of waste that we put in them. Not only do our UK birdlife depened on them but other wildlife depened on them aswell. I agree with recycling but we should keep some landfills open in areas that will help out our wildlife in the UK and other countries.