Birds of prey and paint used in the fight­back

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - News -

Seag­ull prob­lems are not the sole pre­serve of Fife.

Com­mu­ni­ties across Courier Coun­try have ex­pe­ri­enced sig­nif­i­cant is­sues with the birds in re­cent years, with many now fight­ing back in a bid to re­claim their streets from winged as­sailants.

In Dundee, bin lids have now been painted red in a bid to de­ter seagulls from scav­eng­ing for food.

It fol­lows re­search that sug­gests gulls are fright­ened of the colour, with the Dundee Law Her­itage Lot­tery Project in­stalling the innovative noz­zle cov­ers on waste bins in pub­lic places.

A sim­i­lar scheme was adopted in Ar­broath in 2012, where patches of red were painted through­out the town in gull “hotspots”, in a bid to pre­vent the birds from con­gre­gat­ing.

Mean­while, Perth Gram­mar School was forced to in­tro­duce its own hawk last year in a bid to scare off gulls that were dive bomb­ing pupils in pur­suit of their lunch.

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