Seagulls, contrary to popular belief, are not just found at the seaside. Although the natural habit of many gulls is along the coast, the opportunistic nature of the seagull means that they will follow the trail of food and rubbish that human kind has left… hence, seagulls are now common to towns and cities, some distance from the beach.
The problem with seagulls
Not many people favour the seagull but, all gulls are protected under the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981, therefore attempting to kill seagulls is illegal. However, it is recognised in law that seagull control measures in some cases may be called for…
- Opportunistic – seagulls are an opportunistic species, who waste no time in scavenging through waste bins and the like in our gardens, or in public spaces. Many people also find that eating alfresco also presents a problems as seagulls can and do swoop, pinching food from the hand!
- Aggressive – during their nesting period in April to June, their behaviour naturally becomes more aggressive as they protect their nest, eggs and their subsequent young. However, this can present difficulties depending on where they have nested; it is not uncommon for an adult seagull to swoop as we attempt to enter our home or use the garden. When they nest near or around other public spaces, their ‘aggressive swooping’ can be a real nuisance.
- Damage – their nesting on buildings also present significant issues that can be expensive to repair; it is not uncommon to find broken tiles or slates, as well as gutters being blocked or broken.
- Bird Droppings – unsightly yes, but also bird droppings can cause sickness in humans, so must be dealt with through proofing and control meathods.
What can be done?
Seagull proofing measures can be taken and they have an immediate effect:
- Cowls on chimneys prevent them nesting
- Nettings and spikes prevent them from settling on buildings
- Gutters can also be fitted with installations that stop them sitting on gutters etc.
- Changing out habits – ensuring that all rubbish is in a outside bin with a tight fitting lid, not throwing food on the lawn, using only seed in bird feeders etc. – all help to deter seagulls from our garden and outdoor spaces
Can West Wales Pest Control Services help?
Yes we can! We have extensive experience of working with both domestic and commercial customers of proofing their properties against seagulls. Call us to arrange an on-site seagull assessment!
Seagulls nests and eggs can be removed in Wales but a specific license is needed, once they reach this stage with chicks they must be left alone until the chicks have fledged the nest