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3th European championship Gull Screeching

On Sunday 23 April a third edition of the European Gull Screeching championship will take place in De Panne. The organizers hope for a lot of international participants for this hilarious competition. It does take some observation and training to be able to faithfully imitate the seagulls. One thing is sure: you will experience a hilarious afternoon!

Despite the playful design, the intention of this event is to bring a correct, positive message about gulls. Through this playful action the organizer Claude Willaert – for more than 20 years being a educator at the Provincial of West Flanders – wants to stimulate the broad audience to understand gulls and the nuisance that they sometimes cause. But gulls experience problems seeking natural food on overcrowded and/or machine-cleaned beaches. They have to look for a suitable nesting site in the cities, because many natural nesting sites are occupied by humans and/or accessible to ground predators (e.g. fox). And on top of that, in 2022, bird flu killed thousands of gulls and other seabirds.

In 2018, Claude Willaert organized the first Belgian championship Gull Screeching. It was a huge success and the format was exported to Wallonia, the Netherlands and northern France. It inspired to organize a first European Gull Screeching championship in 2019. The event was covered in the international press.

Are you going for the European title yourself?

Can you properly simulate the sound of a gull? Register personally via email: . A professional jury assesses the participants and scores the sound and empathy produced. Everyone gets one single chance. Participants and the public are welcome on 22 March 2020 (from 15:00) in café De Verloren Gernoar, opposite the train station in Adinkerke.

Claude Willaert is supported in the organisation of this event by the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), the Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO), the Ostend Refuge Centre for Wild Birds and Animals and the locale nature working group De Kerkuil.

More information on www.gullscreeching.eu.