Swoop­ing seag­ulls stop play at pri­mary school

Caernarfon Herald - - NEWS -

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

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