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Eradicating Seagulls

Just back from being at the post office, Our little town Is riddled with Seagulls has been for quite some time, Anyway I just saw a guy up there with a Hawk and I wonder just how effective Its going to be because Its all good and well the council finally doing something about It and I am more than pleased to see the seagulls getting chased out of town ( Been attacked on several occasions ) But If school children keep feeding them then what's the point?
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Re: Eradicating Seagulls

Apart from scare tactics they cant Do anything, they are protected.  Until RSPB sees the fact they are a pest, councils will never have any means to deal with them.
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Re: Eradicating Seagulls

We get a lot of gulls albeit we are a long way from the coast.
Bearing in mind the size of gulls one wonders how effective a hawk would be.
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Its not necessarily children. Was sitting in our car eating our pic-nic lunch a few months ago in a car park at the sea front on Hayling Island. Another car arrives beside us and out get two late middle aged ladies who had with them half a dozen plastic supermarket bags full of bread and food scraps, which they proceeded to feed to an entire colony of gulls that descended about them, in a scene reminiscent of Hitchcocks "The Birds" The "ladies" seemed quite oblivious to the mess they were getting in when covered with gull poo.
We quickly moved to one of the other nearby car parks.  
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Re: Eradicating Seagulls

My town Is by the sea, Seemingly the handler has been doing this for quite a while now ( First I have seen him ) So I checked out a website and seemingly this can be quite effective.
http://www.hawkwise.co.uk/
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Quote from: nadger
We get a lot of gulls albeit we are a long way from the coast.
Bearing in mind the size of gulls one wonders how effective a hawk would be.

Peregrine Falcons take sea birds but I think handlers tend to prefer Harris Hawks as they’re more trainable. Any bird of prey about that size will be enough to give seagulls a bit of a start and move them along. It’s interesting that because we all call them ‘seagulls’ that we think they should only be prevalent by the coast whereas, of course, they’ll take opportunities anywhere   
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which they proceeded to feed to an entire colony of gulls that descended about them 

I live nowhere near the seaside, so we don't have any problem with Gulls but I have seen signs around our town centre instructing people not to feed the pigeons (not sure if there is even a fine for doing so), surely something this simple would be a sensible first step in reducing the problem (if they have not already done so).
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Re: Eradicating Seagulls

@walker23 yes these signs are jotted around the place ( near Schools also ) but I don't think the signs are having much effect.
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On one of my short walks I see Seagulls, Pigeons and Magpies fighting over food scraps.
I have heard it said that the Sheffield gulls have followed the River Don in the past and took up residence after finding a good source of food around the old markets.
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I've got to be honest, seagulls have never bothered me in the slightest. To me they're just another bird that scavenges - just like magpies, pigeons, crows... anything. They all want food, they'll all take a free lucn if you offer it and they all make a load of noise I've got used to over the years.
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I recall as a young child going on holiday to Llandudno.
When the local Seagulls awoke, we awoke as they made such a noise.
They were an integral part of a seaside holiday.......unlike the billions of ladybirds that covered the town and everything in it for a day.
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Re: Eradicating Seagulls

Years ago we went to Paradise Park in Hayle, Cornwall when they were flying some of the birds. When they flew a big eagle (broad winged and soars on thermals, takes animals on the ground) the seagulls mobbed it to try and drive it back to the ground - and apart from those there were plenty of other seagulls around. Next they put up a falcon (narrow winged that takes other birds in flight) and within about 20 seconds every seagull for about a mile around disappeared.
So yes, I can see why they would be effective.
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Re: Eradicating Seagulls

Each year at the Wimbledon tennis we have a man with a hawk.  The main problem is pigeons.  The hawk does a very effective job.
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how about this one ofan Osprey, its last catch has to be seen
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Come to Warwickshire.....See Osprey's
http://www.wbs.ac.uk/news/releases/2006/10/25/High/Flyer/at
I have heard that they can be seen, probably this time of year, in the Coventry, North Warks, Leicestershire area prior to heading up to the nesting sites. I've also heard of (but never seen) them nesting locally to me in warwickshire