Do not feed the gulls – joint campaign to keep towns safe and tidy

Date: 30/05/2018
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Gwynedd Council is working with partners in an effort to educate and advise people and businesses on the measures that can be taken to prevent gulls from becoming a nuisance.

 

A feathery pest or one of nature’s wonders – whatever your opinions are of gulls, there is no getting away from them, especially in an area like Gwynedd where the stunning coast stretches for 187 miles.

 

Whilst the number of gulls which live and nest in the UK is in fact declining, an increasing number of people see them as a nuisance. This is why the Council is running a campaign to ensure that members of the public and businesses who serve food don’t attract the birds needlessly to the county’s towns.

 

Councillor Dafydd Meurig, Deputy Leader of Gwynedd Council and Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “In a county like Gwynedd where so many of our towns and villages are near the coast, gulls can be a real nuisance. This is why we are keen to work with other parties to consider what steps we can take to prevent the birds from being a nuisance.

 

“For example, businesses through Caernarfon’s HWB along with Caernarfon Town Council have taken steps to tackle the issue. Recently, they have commissioned a company that uses birds of prey to keep gulls away from the town centre.

 

“I’m pleased that we’re raising awareness about the simple measures that everybody can take to help keep the gulls away. The advice is simple – if you’re eating outside, make sure you place your leftovers and your food waste securely in a bin.”

 

Katherine Owen from Caernarfon Town Council added: “We were very pleased to work in partnership to employ a company to prevent the seagulls from laying their eggs in the town this year. Local businesses have noticed a difference immediately.”

                        

As part of the campaign Gwynedd Council have produced leaflets and posters that are being distributed in coastal areas in order to convey the message to local residents and visitors to the area.

 

The advice given includes:

 

-       Don’t drop rubbish or food scraps on the floor – it’s an offence and it also attracts seagulls.

-       Use bins with lids or take the food waste home and place in the food bin.

-       Don’t feed the gulls, and avoid giving them an opportunity to snatch food – be vigilant and keep food close to you.

-       Keep away from the nests of young gulls.

-       Encourage any businesses that serve food to ensure that any food waste is cleared as soon as possible to prevent attracting gulls.

-       Don’t encourage large birds into the garden.

-       Gulls know that they can get food from bins, so it’s important that scraps are placed securely in a bin; that the lid of the brown food bin is closed properly and that bins are put out on the correct collection day.

 

If gulls are likely to damage your usual bin bags, stronger bags which birds cannot destroy are available so that you can place your regular bin bags in them. Contact Gwynedd Council to order a re-usable sack.

 

For further information on how to keep gulls away from homes and businesses, contact Gwynedd Council’s Public Protection Service on email: llygredd@gwynedd.llyw.cymru or phone the team on 01766 771 000.