Reader Letter: Has hawk affected the kittiwakes in Lowestoft?

Kittiwake birds nested on the tower of the Our Lady of the Sea Church, Lowestoft. Picture: Nick But

Kittiwake birds nested on the tower of the Our Lady of the Sea Church, Lowestoft. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Arriving at Lowestoft Bus Station last week it seemed strangely quiet.

The kittiwakes were not round the nearby church tower of Our Lady of the Sea, where they have nested for the last three years. I had heard one call on a nearby building two weeks ago and they were very noisy, probably having just arrived at the church.

Then I read in the Lowestoft Journal that a Harris hawk had been introduced to the town centre 'to help reduce the number of seagulls in the town.'Surely the colony of kittiwakes nearby must have been taken into account?

Members of the church were happy to have them there as 'they've come to our church of their own free will and this is one of the few places they are breeding successfully.'

MORE: Introduction of hawks to Lowestoft town centre set to reduce seagull populationLowestoft and Yarmouth wouldn't be the same without their resident herring gulls.

Julie Grant, Springfield, Acle.


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