Update: Worcester City Council will not apply to cull gulls

Posted on the 29th October 2019

Latest: Brilliant news - Worcester City Council will not be applying for a licence to cull gulls, and will instead be further exploring deterrence methods!

Animal Aid has written to Worcester City Council’s Environment Committee ahead of their meeting which will discuss the possibility of applying for a licence to cull gulls. 

Animal Aid has highlighted to councillors that culling gulls will not solve any of the issues in the long term. From media reports, the council has been moving some gull eggs, however there are other, simple non-lethal methods of deterrence with a track record of success.

These include blocking access to regular breeding sites, the use of balloon-kites, and installing gull wire to prevent landing. Also, the simplest measure is to ensure that all food waste is correctly disposed of.

Says Animal Aid Campaigns Officer, Jade Emery:

‘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 roofs, resulting in a reduced population in the immediate vicinity. 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.’

Included in the correspondence to the councillors is a copy of Animal Aid’s Bird Advice Sheet and Alternatives to Culling report, both of which detail the range of humane methods of deterrence that are available.

Local people have also expressed their horror at these plans.

Says Ronnie Lee, of the group Worcester Veggies and Vegans:

‘The biggest issue here is the destruction of the gulls’ natural habitat and source of food through over-fishing.

‘These animals shouldn’t be made to suffer simply for just trying to survive in a world where their habitats and food sources are being eroded. The councillors should reject any proposals which seek to cull gulls.’

Notes to editor


Read the BBC News article about the Worcester CC exploring deterrence methods

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