Town cen­tre car park gull chicks hatch

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

Ash­ford has some cute new res­i­dents af­ter chicks were seen on the top of a town cen­tre car park.

Last month we re­ported how mo­torists had been warned not to dis­turb nest­ing her­ring gulls on the up­per floor of the coun­cil-run space in Ed­in­burgh Road, Ash­ford. Coun­cil work­ers set up cones and put up warn­ing signs around the birds, which could not be re­moved be­cause they are a pro­tected species.

Now it ap­pears the eggs have hatched af­ter baby gulls were cap­tured on cam­era by our pho­tog­ra­pher Paul Amos. It is be­lieved two chicks have hatched.

Ken­tish Ex­press wildlife expert Owen Leyshon, from the Rom­ney Marsh Coun­try­side Part­ner­ship, ad­vised peo­ple not to pick up any chicks as the par­ents will often be fly­ing over­head nearby. He added that the best thing to do would be to leave them well alone.

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM4388028

A gull is rais­ing its chicks in the Ed­in­burgh Road car park

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM4388026/ FM4388025

An adult gull watches over its young, be­low

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