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City Gull

Jolyon, Year 7

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I made this etching from a photograph I took on a visit to Tate Modern last year, when a gull followed me around the café. It was persistent and slightly aggressive, and I wondered why it was so far from the sea. Rural gulls are in decline, and some are now endangered, while urban gull populations are rising rapidly. The sight of a ‘city gull’ reminds us of how we have drastically modified our environment to suit our desires, and the impact it has on other species.