Over the last decade, gulls have started to build nests in urban areas, mainly on rooftops and chimney stacks. Once a site has been selected they will continue to return to this location year after year, and will begin breeding once reaching their first year. Considering gulls live for 30 years or more, the best option is to prevent nesting on or around your property.
Seagulls and the law
Seagulls alongside with fledglings and their eggs are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. It is an offence to injure , kill or harm the gulls, nest or eggs unless done so under licence.
The main problem caused by seagulls is that of noise and aggressive behaviour. Physical attacks on people and their loud squawking sounds tend to occur when they have young in the nest. Gulls will make the most noise between May and July when they are breeding, which you may find will coincide with any "swooping incidents" - gulls that try and attack are usually only trying to protect their young. If you see a gull chick, usually mottled brown and grey in colour, leave it alone as it's parents will look after it, or contact the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds on 01392 432691
How do I get rid of them?
Nesting birds are almost impossible to move. If you do remove a nest, the gulls will quickly return to make another one. Alternatively, you can contact a private pest control company who may be able to assist. Exeter City Council does not offer a pest control service for the control of Seagulls.
To deter seagulls from claiming your property as a nesting space, you can:
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