Free Riders

Gulls are reknown for amusing antics, hitching a free ride on a slow moving vehicle is not that unusual in towns where gulls are common.

The free rider principle is an interesting idea in economics. People may enjoy public goods without contributing to their cost, either because it’s too hard to enforce individual contributions or because they believe someone else will pay. This can lead to underfunding or inefficiencies in the production of public goods, such as parks funded by taxes.

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By gullwatch

A Dunbar based project without public funding. Made with flotsam and jetsam. If interested in the ecology of gulls, feel free to reach out and help improve local knowledge. Nota Bene: do not disturb gulls esp. during nesting or while bringing up their young. All gulls are protected by law. Gulls can be aggressive if the young are threatened. Don't take risks enumerating nest sites and chicks. Don't feed or play with gulls.