Gull problem “a shame” on the town

Gull colony: Gulls appear to be attracted to some of the buildings around the harbour area.'Staff photograph

Gull colony: Gulls appear to be attracted to some of the buildings around the harbour area.'Staff photograph

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MONTROSE’S continuing gull problem is “a shame” on the town, a local resident said this week.

As the birds’ nesting season approaches, the man, who asked not to be named, said the areas around the harbour and Rossie Island are supporting thriving gull colonies which need to be tackled and that the condition of some of the harbourside buildings are providing attractive habitats for them.

He said: “They’re all getting settled down for nesting and it’s a Montrose shame that these buildings are left like that and I don’t know why something hasn’t been done about them.

“The only way to get rid of them and stop them nesting on houses is to kill the whole generation as they just come back to the same place every year.

“I know the council has said that some have been culled but I don’t know where this supposed cull came from, and I don’t think it has happened on Rossie Island. The council needs to do something about it.”

While the council does not have the authority to go on to properties to remove nests and eggs, it does operate an annual free removal service for householders and tenants which started this week.

While the service is open to residential properties, commercial premises are expected to deal with gull nests as part of their general maintenance programme and meet the cost involved. Further information is available from the council’s ACCESSLine on 08452 777 778.