Keeping Gulls Away

The first step to gull management is keeping them away.

Gulls are attracted to food sources and therefore please make sure that litter and food waste are disposed of properly.

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Gull-proof your property

Gulls flock in colonies and tend to return to the same nesting spots every year. In spring, owners or occupiers should check their roofs regularly for signs of nesting. Once nests have been built, they cannot be removed without a licence. The best time to gull-proof properties is between October and February, as the breeding season is usually between March and September. Property owners can discourage gulls from nesting by erecting wires or nets to chimney heads, flat roof areas and other potential nesting areas.

A competent specialist such as a roofing contractor or pest control company should be able to give you advice

Signage for businesses

You may wish to display some signage that politely asks 'Please Don't Feed The Gulls'.

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Page last updated: 29/03/2022
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