Use hu­mane ways to deal with gulls

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - YOURVIEWS -

Dur­ing the sum­mer pe­riod, there are al­ways alarmist sto­ries of gulls “at­tack­ing” peo­ple - which in­evitably lead to calls to cull them.

The hol­i­day pe­riod co­in­cides with the birds’ breed­ing sea­son and, be­ing such fierce de­fend­ers of their off­spring, the birds may oc­ca­sion­ally be­come ag­gres­sive in or­der to see off any per­ceived threat to their nest and chil­dren.

Th­ese “at­tacks” are usu­ally ex­ag­ger­ated by the me­dia and are very rare in­deed.

To cull wild an­i­mals for pro­tect­ing their ba­bies is noth­ing short of lu­di­crous.

De­spite this, if gulls are caus­ing is­sues, there are a num­ber of ef­fec­tive, hu­mane meth­ods of de­ter­rence that can be used to dis­cour­age birds from nest­ing on flat roofs or chim­neys, or from rum­mag­ing in our rub­bish.

An­i­mal Aid has free ad­vice sheets that de­tail the num­ber of hu­mane, non-lethal meth­ods of de­ter­rence avail­able.

In any case, we should show tol­er­ance to th­ese birds, not least be­cause they are just be­ing good par­ents, and six of the seven gull species are in de­cline.

To or­der a fact­sheet please email: info@an­i­malaid.org.uk Tod Brad­bury Cam­paigner An­i­mal Aid

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