This report from Victoria Derbyshire in Sidmouth and other spots in Devon this week is a timely reminder of the impact of the bird.
Click on the link below to see interviews with residents:
Seagulls: Evil pests or just misunderstood?
They snatch ice-creams, pester pets and - if some tabloid newspapers are to be believed - dive-bomb children.
Over the past few weeks, seagulls have apparently become one of Britain's most-loathed animals.
But is that fair?
We've been to Devon to ask whether the much-maligned seagull deserves its reputation.