David Cameron enters the Seagull Menace debate

 Barely a week has gone by this summer without news of an unpleasant incident involving seagulls making the headlines. Once a bird that was regarded fondly by holidaymakers, gulls are now looked upon as a menacing and frightening pest - and not just beside the seaside but in our towns too. Recent news has included reports of a pet dog and a pet tortoise being killed by seagulls plus several alarming attacks on humans. And now the Prime Minister David Cameron has entered the debate, saying there needs to be a ‘big conversation’ about seagulls but stopping short of joining calls for a cull.

Commenting on the dramatic increase in the number of seagull attacks, Ralph Izod Managing Director, Dyno Pest/Hawkeye Bird Control said, “Urban gulls are protected under the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981. This means that culling can only be undertaken where there is a threat to public health and safety or to aircraft. But that does not mean we are powerless. A range of effective professional treatments can be considered including netting, especially on rooftops where seagulls are prone to nest, installing spikes on ledges where they perch, electronic deterrent systems, fire gel and hawking; flying a hawk over the affected areas at predetermined intervals. In the last few months we’ve seen a notable increase in the number of calls from business owners and facilities managers concerned about seagulls. Herring gulls may be on the decline in terms of their numbers but their insidious negative impact is most definitely on the rise.”

If your business is being affected by seagulls download our useful fact sheet on, what you can do to keep them at bay and the professional treatments available now

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