Nuisance gulls are flying the nest

 

Gloucester City Council is setting a leading eggs-ample in gull control, thanks to a new method that’s helping reduce egg laying by over 50%.

Work to reduce the breeding population of nuisance gulls has so far led to a 35% reduction in nests and a 52% reduction in eggs in target areas of the city over the last three years.

The city council is now planning to extend the three-year programme and carry out a survey next year to make sure the right locations are being treated.

To reduce the gull population size, the city council is working to prevent nesting in identified areas by removing eggs and nests to disrupt the breeding cycle. It is thought that Gloucester is the only council in the UK to use this method, which is now showing signs of success.

Urban gulls are an increasing problem across the UK, especially when the birds have young. Increasing population levels can mean a noisy disturbance in the early hours of the morning during summer, as well as aggressive behaviour such as dive-bombing. Studies show that harmful bacteria can be carried in gull faeces.

Cllr Richard Cook, cabinet member for environment said: “These results show our efforts to tackle gull population growth are beginning to take effect, so it is important that we continue our efforts.

“Urban gulls are a national pest-control issue, and we are being proactive in Gloucester to prevent breeding humanely, whilst also looking at measures such as the new vermin proof refuse sacks being introduced in areas of Gloucester.”