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    Guernsey stopping landfill 'will hurt gull population'

    NewsEnvironment & Nature NewsMonday 12 March 2012
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    The planned closure of Mont Cuet landfill site could have a devastating impact on Guernsey's gull population, according to a conservation group.
     
    Paul Veron, from La Societe Guernesiaise, said the birds had relied heavily on the tip as a source of food for the past 40 years.
     
    He said monitoring had shown the population was already in decline.
    Mr Veron said what was currently a common bird in the island could become a rare sight.
     
    He said: "If we don't get youngsters recruiting into that population, and that's our worry at the moment, then gradually over time we're going to see that population dropping and dropping until gulls are actually a rather unusual sight."
     
    Last month the States agreed to explore the idea of exporting waste off the island as a future alternative to landfill, which is expected to last at the current site until 2022.
     
    Source: BBC News
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