New measures approved to combat seagulls

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A £15,000 plan to combat Scarborough’s gull menace has been approved by the borough council.

Notices in fish and chip boxes, stronger refuse sacks and the relocation of gulls to the Castle Headland are all measures Scarborough Council will undertake to put an end to the growing number of ‘muggings’ - where birds attack humans for food.

And the news couldn’t come soon enough for one Scarborough News reader, who sent in this picture of her road after gulls had got into bin bags.

Tracey Brooksmith said: “This is what it is like living in the town with these vermin.”

She woke up to the mess on Monday morning.

One of the measures approved by Scarborough Council’s cabinet on Tuesday will see large hessian sacks offered to home owners.

Chariman of the council’s gull task force, Cllr Godfrey Allanson, told the meeting: “These large sacks are big enough to fit three or for regular refuse sacks inside.

“All our people need to do is go along and empty the sacks and return to them houses.

“These are thick, hessian sacks and the gulls cannot get into them.

“They have been trialled in Whitby and I am told they have been a success.”

Herring gulls were identified as the main problem in the area due to their noise and droppings, as well as the bird’s habit of pestering people for their food.

A study into the feasibility of displacing Scarborough’s urban nesting kittiwakes back to Castle Headland in conjunction with Natural England and the RSPB will also be undertaken.

This would be done by placing fine netting and other deterrents on the buildings in the town where they are nesting designed to stop them being able to land.

The report prepared for councillors said a similar scheme on the River Tyne prevented continued nesting by kittiwakes on a building at North Shields.