‘Don’t cull the gulls’ – Animal Aid offers non-lethal guidance to deter gulls in Inverness

Posted on the 19th September 2017

Animal Aid has written to Councillor Margaret Davidson, the leader of Highland Council, offering advice on non-lethal methods of deterring gulls, following calls to cull the birds who are nesting on a school roof.

In their letter to Councillor Davidson, Animal Aid makes it clear that culling these birds will not solve the issues in the long term. Nesting season for these birds has ended and once their babies have fledged, there are a number of simple, non-lethal methods to deter birds from nesting on flat roofs – such as that of the school in question.

These include blocking access to regular breeding sites, the use of balloon-kites, and installing gull wire to prevent landing.

Animal Aid has also sent Councillor Davidson a copy of their Bird Advice Sheet and Alternatives to Culling report, both of which detail the range of humane methods of deterrence that are available.

Says Animal Aid Campaigner, Tod Bradbury:

‘Gulls are a protected species, and there are simple, inexpensive and non-lethal methods that can be used to deter them and other birds from nesting on flat roofs. It would be a real tragedy if the council adopted methods which resulted in the slaughtering of these iconic seabirds.

‘A humane solution is not only better for wildlife, and for those residents who do not wish to see wild animals harmed, but humane methods of deterrence are usually cheaper than lethal methods – thus making them better for the council and rate payers. Their effectiveness means that they are also better for those who are in conflict with the animals.’

Animal Aid offers free advice sheets on the humane deterrence of birds and other animals. If any readers are interested, you can download yours here .

Notes to editors

  • Animal Aid’s letter to Councillor Davidson is available on request.
  • For more information please contact Tod Bradbury: 01732 364546 ext. 223 / tod@animalaid.co.uk

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