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What can I do to stay safe around Seagulls?

Seagulls

A pet tortoise has been killed by seagulls in Cornwall. It is after the attack which left a Yorkshire Terrier dead in St Columb Minor.

So what can I do to stay safe around Seagulls?

1. De-nesting

At the end of every nesting season (usually September) remove all nests and nesting material from your building.

2. Deterrent

Just removing nests will not solve the problem on its own. The birds will build another nest the following spring. The herring gulls must be discouraged from coming back. This can be done by fitting plastic or metal spikes in the nesting and roosting areas of the roof. Wires or netting can also be effective, but may be unsightly if used on prominent parts of the roof. It is important to make sure that all possible nesting and roosting sites on the roof are protected, especially behind chimney stacks.

3. When should it be done?

The best time to de-nest and proof buildings is at the end of the nesting season, usually around September time. If you engage a company to do the job they will advise you further on your particular situation.

Be careful it is illegal to interfere with the nests of most other types of sea birds as they are protected by law.

More importantly, the steps you take may be more effective if you join forces with your neighbours, and it may keep the cost down. Don’t forget gulls are not only attracted by good nesting sites they need food also!

So:

    Don't feed the gulls
    Don't leave lids off bins etc
    Don't put refuse sacks out too early
    Do cover them to prevent attack by gulls or other pests.
    Don't drop litter

Source: Cornwall Council

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