LETTER: Seagull attacks are rare

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

Tuesday, 22nd August 2017, 3:58 pm
Updated Monday, 11th September 2017, 1:09 pm

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 offspirng. 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 fact sheet please email: [email protected]

Tod Bradbury

Campaigner, Animal Aid