Just seen this article in "The Algarve Resident" about the nuisance being caused to the tourist industry in Lagos (that is the one in Algarve, not Nigeria!). It appears that the Câmara Municipal (Town Council) are spending €20,000 on a study led by Ricardo Tomé (President of SPEA, our equivalent of RSPB) to assess the problem and suggest a remedy:
As I live only 8 kms from Lagos, know where all the birds nest, and can see only two possible solutions (close the fishing port or shoot all the gulls), I would have undertaken this study for a fraction of that cost.
As it happens, we were lunching with friends at the very nice "Estrella do Mar" rooftop restaurant in Lagos recently. We sat inside (being British, eating "out of doors" never seems quite right to me) and a very noisy group of Germans took up a table outside, partly because they were all smoking like chimneys (yuk!). Just after they had been served their main course we had quite amazing views of a three Yellow-legged Gulls landing on their table and within five seconds gobbling down every bit of fish on their plates. Pity I didn't have my camera - it was priceless.