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Advice on seagulls

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Do you live an area where seagulls are being a nuisance? If so, you may be wondering what you can do about it. Below is some advice and answers to the most common questions we're asked.

Stop feeding or leaving food for seagulls

It’s a simple solution that will really help - everyone can play a part and make a massive difference. The availability of food encourages the birds to high streets and public places. They are what's known as 'opportunistic feeders', and will scavenge in towns for food dropped by pedestrians or thrown out of cars.

Please remember:

  • Do not throw leftover food on to the ground or pavement
  • Avoid getting rid of your scraps in bins with no lids
  • Do not intentionally feed the seagulls

The council have no statutory duty to deal with gulls, so we really need your help. If there is nothing for them to eat, the birds won’t be attracted to these places.

Owners and occupiers can give someone else permission to act on their behalf, if they're having a problem with seagulls. We recommend that you get specialist advice from a pest control company before committing to getting work done.