Council calls on public to help reduce seagull nuisance
Posted on: 24 April 2017
North Devon Council is calling on the public to help with a recent rise in seagull problems in the district.
The council’s environmental protection team routinely receives calls from local residents, particularly in urban areas, reporting noise disturbance, droppings, litter problems and even gull attacks.
As seagulls are now in their nesting season they are busy looking for extra food to rear their young. People carrying shopping bags and snacks are an easy target for hungry gulls and bags of rubbish and litter bins make for easy pickings. Nesting gulls can also become over-protective and territorial, and will swoop or dive on anyone who comes near.
Many of the council’s litter bins have been adapted to prevent access by gulls. In some streets, residents who don’t have wheelie bins use gull guards or blankets to cover bagged waste left out for collection, which helps prevent the bags being attacked and split open by gulls.
Although these issues can’t be completely overcome, there are some things local residents can do to help:
- do not feed seagulls (either at home or in a public place)
- report gull problems caused by people feeding seagulls to the council
- use gull guards, an old blanket or tarpaulin to cover bagged waste left out for collection
- keep wheelie bin and communal bin lids closed
Andy Cole, North Devon Council’s service lead for environmental protection says,”Seagulls are part of life by the sea, but in urban areas they can become a big problem. We want to work together with local residents to try and curb the nuisance they cause and there are some really simple ways you can help.
“Some residents continue to feed gulls, either in the street or their own garden or yard. Gulls are more likely to nest where there is a constant food source and if you are feeding the birds, they will make themselves at home. This can cause a lot of problems for neighbouring properties and we need it to stop. If you are tempted to feed seagulls, please don’t. We consider feeding gulls to be anti-social behaviour and we will follow up reports from concerned residents and take action if necessary.”
North Devon Council residents can report gull problems to environmental health online at https://my.northdevon.gov.uk/service/Seagulls or call 01271 388870.Posted in: Community