Population dynamics in lesser black-backed gulls in the Netherlands support a North Sea regime shift

Shamoun-Baranes & Camphuysen [1] made two main points in their critical appraisal of our recent article [2]: (i) that the Larus fuscus population increased in the Netherlands well before a mid 1980s regime shift in the North Sea and (ii) that population increases based on a simple prey type are difficult to imagine. These two comments give us the… CONTINUE READING