Jun 07

Please don’t feed the seagulls!

Dont feed the Seagulls

UK population numbers are actually declining, which has resulted in the Herring Gull being listed on the endangered list. This means that culling is not an option. Seagulls can be a real problem. They can : • Foul buildings, cars, washing and people • Take food off people • Carry diseases • Can be noisy • Can damage buildings by picking at roofing materials and blocking gutters and flues. The major nuisance in this area is the herring gull.

Why we should not feed the gulls and pigeons

Because we have fed these birds, particularly the gulls, they have learnt that food from humans is an easy source of food. They now think that any food we carry is for them. Therefore we are getting more and more complaints of gulls ‘mugging’ people for food. In some cases this had led to physical injury. They are also colonising the urban areas as this is where people are providing their food. Consequently, they are nesting on buildings in the towns and surrounding area. Thirty years ago it was rare to find them nesting on roofs, they preferred sea cliffs.

What you can do if seagulls are not wanted on your property

When a gull is nesting on individual properties, it is protected if the owner of that building is happy for them to nest there.

If property owners are not happy with gulls nesting on their properties, they can take steps to proof their property against future nest building. If this fails and property owners wish to get rid of the seagulls nesting there, it legally permissible to destroy a nest and eggs. Once any eggs have hatched however, about 30 days after laying, it would be illegal to kill the chick or disturb the nest with live young (Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981).

The Council does not offer proofing or nest removal services, but private pest control firms do.

Further information is available on the Councils website at www.conwy.gov.uk, search ‘seagulls’.

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