Call for cull as dive-bombing seagulls menace Burnham-On-Sea
residents in Burnham-On-Sea have this week called on the district
council to do more to reduce the town's ever-increasing seagull
Rachel Burland, pictured, wants Sedgemoor councillors to examine
the possibility of culling the animals, oiling the eggs to prevent
them hatching, or replacing real eggs with decoy ones to halt
the birds breeding.
are a definite menace. I have been twice dived upon while walking
along Rectory Drive in recent days and a friend in Brambles Road
has seen one seagull pin her cat to the ground," she told
problem is getting out of hand in Burnham and action is needed.
I have contacted Sedgemoor about the problem, who insist there
is nothing they can do but that's not true. There are measures
that can be taken to control the population."
added: "I'd like to see the council tackling the problem
rather than just leaving it to get worse each year as the population
District Council spokeswoman Claire Faun told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"This is a perennial problem which comes up at this time
of the year, but there's very little we can practically do."
gulls nest on private property that is not owned by the district
council, which we obviously do not have any control over."
to reach the nests would require specialised equipment which we
do not currently own and which would cost money."
best advice we can give is for people to try and avoid attracting
them with food or by putting out waste in rubbish bins or sacks
that they can access."
there are various solutions available, residents should also be
aware that some types of gulls are protected species and it would
not be within the law to tamper with them."
recent weeks, several holidaymakers have been dive-bombed on the
town's seafront as the birds seek food. And two years ago, a 36-year-old
rushed to Weston General Hospital for treatment to three puncture
wounds after a gull attacked her on The Esplande.
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