In 1998, the Sellafield nuclear facility in northern England had to employ sharpshooters to cull seagulls when it was found that the birds’ droppings were radioactive. Ten years later the seagulls are still a problem.

The bodies of these unfortunate creatures are now stored in freezers in the depths of the plant to prevent them decaying in the open air. ‘We are adding to the store all the time so we do not count them. But given the size I'd say it was in the hundreds,’ said a spokesman.

Wait until we tell you about the atomic lobsters…