As the UK’s gull control experts and have been providing advice and gull control solutions since 1993. There are a number of gull control measures to mitigate urban gull problems which may include:
- Falconry using hawks or falcons as a natural deterrent
- Egg and nest removal
- Gull proofing which may include netting, spiking or a bird gel
- Audio distress broadcasts
- The use of a laser deterrent
An effective programme is likely to use a combination of the above methods , however we will complete a bird survey before making gull mitigation recommendations.
You can talk to your local NBC branch for advice or to arrange a survey by calling 0333 567 2020.
Gull Mitigation and the Law
All UK birds are protected by the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981, it is illegal to remove nests and eggs or injure or kill birds. Legislation does however exist to allow the control of gulls provided certain conditions are met and there is a clear plan and methodology for any proposed action.
Common gull problems we deal with include:
- Noise – Gull noise can be irritating and deafening especially during nesting season (Mar to Sept)
- Rooftop nesting – Gull nesting debris can block downpipes and guttering as well as attracting parasites and nuisance insects
- Gull menace – Gulls can often attack people during nesting season to protect their nests. Seagulls are known to swoop at people to steal food
- Gull fouling – Seagull guano is not only unsightly but a potential health risk especially near ventilation systems and rooftop plant machinery
- Vehicle or building damage – caused by acidic nature of seagull guano
- Raised costs – Increased building maintenance and cleaning costs
Working with the Community
If a gull problem is present it will need everyone affected to work together for a successful outcome. We may find the need to survey neighboring premises too; often they will be affected by the same nuisance urban gulls or could even be the source which is attracting the gull problem. We will work with you and the surrounding community to ensure that the final outcome is the dispersal of the nuisance gulls.
Talk to your local branch for advice or to arrange a bird control survey by calling 0333 567 2020.