Seagulls prefer food touched by humans

Seagulls use human touch as a cue to identify good food - but how exactly do you test that?
18 March 2020
Presented by Megan McGregor
Production by Megan McGregor.


A seagull standing on the back of a car.


Last year scientists from the University of Exeter discovered that staring at seagulls can discourage them from stealing your food. Not content with saving the chips of many a seaside tourist, they have now discovered that herring gulls are more likely to interact with food after it has been touched by humans. But how exactly do you test a seagull’s preferred snack? Megan McGregor spoke to the study’s lead author, Madeleine Goumas, to find out more...


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