Swooping seagulls stop play at primary school
DIVEBOMBING seagulls left “terrified” pupils in lockdown during the hottest week of the year.
Ysgol Eifion Wyn in Porthmadog was forced to keep children off the playground during break-time at least twice last week as herring gulls had been swooping around the heads of parents, teachers and kids.
The birds have been nesting on the school roof and their aggressive behaviour is blamed on them protecting chicks who have fallen to the ground.
The situationgot so bad that some parents were “too scared” to drop off and pick up their children.
Gwynedd Council was informed. Headteacher Carys Jones has been in touch with the RSPCA, RSPB, and pest control at Gwynedd Council in a bid to tackle the problem.
But some parents are warning that someone could be seriously injured by the birds unless action is taken quickly.
Dawn Jones, whose six and threeyear-old children attend the school said numerous complaints have been made to the council about the aggressive behaviour of the birds.
Mrs Jones said: “The children have not been allowed to go out to play at break times for fear of injury to them.”
This happened twice last week when temperatures reached 30C, she added.
The mum-of-two said the problem with seagulls was far from being a oneoff: “This is not an isolated incident but one the school suffered last year too but nothing was done then either.
“There are seagulls all around the school complex and at present they have chicks.
“This has led to the adult seagulls becoming very aggressive towards anyone who walks around the school yard.
“They are swooping low and aiming at peoples heads.
“The adults are worried about dropping off and collecting their children and the children are becoming terrified to go to school. Even the staff have been attacked.
“The head teacher has as always been fantastic with trying to resolve this situation and the staff are doing all they can.”
Headteacher Mrs Jones insists that, with the help of Gwynedd Council, the issue was resolved before the end of the week.
Local councillor Nia Jeffreys says it is now important to prevent the seagulls from returning to the school to nest next year.
She said: “The seagull situation at the school is very distressing to parents, teachers and children.
“The safety of the children is everyone’s number one priority.
“It is a huge relief that a solution has been found.
“I will work with the head to make sure this doesn’t happen again next year and that action is taken to stop the seagulls nesting on the school roof.”
● Aggressivei seagullsll have forced playtime to be cancelled at Ysgol Eifion Wyn in Porthmadog