Pesky Gulls in Council’s Sights

By Jane Cruickshank / March 9, 2022
Gull on chimney pot

THEY may well be on the endangered lists but such is the problem of urban gulls that Aberdeenshire Council has developed a strategic approach to tackling them.

When they meet on Thursday, members of the Infrastructure Services Committee will hear of the range of methods that can be used to reduce the herring gull’s presence and its associated noise and mess.

Current deterrent methods include:

Use of Birds of Prey
Treatment of Buildings to Prevent Nesting and Landing
Maintenance of Treatment to Buildings
Egg and Nest Removal
Installation of Gull Deterrent Bins
Increased Waste and Litter Collections
Interventions Relating to the Storage and Presentation of Trade Waste
Provision of Advice to residents (Living with Urban Gulls, Survivors Guide)
Responding to Complaints of Bird Feeding

The local authority wants to work with communities to develop an area profile of the nuisance, so the best measures can be put in place. Seed money is available, but the council will also look to participation from affected property owners and businesses as the responsibility to deal with nesting gulls lies with the property owner.

Within the five-year Seagull Strategy is a communications strategy to highlight the work the Council is doing and to educate communities about how they can play a part. And all methods of communication will be used, including Twitter.

For anyone whose life is blighted by the dawn chorus, the mess or the fear of gulls swooping in attack, the report makes for useful reading. It is available online along with a link to join the meeting to hear the discussions.