Stare seagulls out to save your snacks, researcher says

Giving marauding birds the eye makes them more wary of stealing food, study findsThey attack in a blur of white and grey. In an instant, a pleasant day at the beach is transformed into a Hitchcockian nightmare of screams, pecks and flapping...

Stare seagulls out to save your snacks, researcher says

Giving marauding birds the eye makes them more wary of stealing food, study finds

They attack in a blur of white and grey. In an instant, a pleasant day at the beach is transformed into a Hitchcockian nightmare of screams, pecks and flapping wings. Before the victim knows what hit them, their sausage roll is no more.

Now scientists have come up with a simple defence against the menace of food-snatching seagulls. Extensive tests in Cornish towns have found a chink in the bold birds’ armour. They back off from your snacks if you stare them out.

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