Angus Council has had 300 requests to remove seagull nests this season

Ideas are needed to tackle Rothesay's seagull nuisance.

Ideas are needed to tackle Rothesay's seagull nuisance.

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Angus Council’s environmental and consumer protection team have dealt with around 300 requests to remove seagull nests already this season.

During breeding season, the local authority says it can remove seagull nests and eggs free of charge from residential properties at the house owner or tenant’s request.

However, with the breeding season now well-advanced the council say it is “unlikely” it could offer any intervention now, unless members of the public have had a nest removed recently.

A council spokesperson said: “Exceptions can arise where nests have recently been removed because gulls can be very persistent in rebuilding nests.

“If you have had a nest removed recently but you think the gulls have rebuilt it, you can contact us again to get a further treatment carried out.

“Once young birds begin to fledge, parent gulls can become very aggressive in an effort to protect them.

“It is only permissible to deal with them at this stage in very exceptional circumstances.

“The best way to address this problem is to prevent nest building by using spikes, nets and wires.

“You can also help us tackle the nuisance caused by gulls by not feeding them, and ensuring proper disposal of litter and food waste.”

For further advice and information contact the ACCESSLine on 03452 777 778.