Public urged to avoid encouraging roof nesting gulls

The public is being asked not to deliberately, or inadvertantly, feed gulls.
The public is being asked not to deliberately, or inadvertantly, feed gulls.

With the growth of inland gull colonies on the rise, local residents are being asked to ensure they are not making life easier for the birds by allowing access to food.

Roof nesting gulls are a fairly recent phenomenon and colonies are now commonly found in many towns and cities. Angus Council is doing its part to help control bird colonies with a free egg retrieval service.

This is open to all householders although anyone using the service is urged to get in touch before the eggs have been laid as treatment cannot be undertaken after they have hatched. This is available to property owners and tenants during the period when gulls are typically building nests or have eggs in a nest, although tenants are also being reminded that they should discuss the matter with their landlords before taking any action.

The authority is also highlighting that the birds are attracted to areas where food is plentiful and that gulls are also opportunistic and will scavenge waste bins and look for food from the public.

With that in mind, residents are being urged not to feed gulls at home, or in areas such as parks and other open spaces. The problem can be particularly bad in coastal areas, and new warning signs have been erected around Arbroath Harbour.

Councillor Donald Morrison, the local authority’s convener of communities, said: “The council’s free nest and egg retrieval service has been well used since its introduction in 2009.

“We will be able to further reduce the gull nuisance in our streets and open areas if people stop feeding them, so I urge people to heed the message on the new signs.”

Anyone requiring the removal of eggs and nests, or would like further information about the service should contact the council’s ACCESSLine on 08452 777 778. Commercial premises are still expected to deal with gull nests and meet the costs involved themselves.