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Dealing with seagulls this summer

Seagull Published Monday, 24 February 2020

Wyre Council is warning residents and visitors of the borough to take precautions when dealing with seagulls and to bird proof your property ahead of the breeding season.

For many, seagulls are a staple of the seaside. However in recent years, both tourists and residents have faced many issues when it comes to gulls, whether it is out on the beaches or in their homes.

During the breeding season, but particularly during the months of July and August, reports of attacks on members of the public increase. Adult seagulls will take it upon themselves to protect their young who have just hatched, by swooping down on anyone they perceive as a threat.

If you have had seagulls nest in your property in the past, you should take precautions before the breeding season begins to bird proof your property. Seagulls are known to revisit places that they have nested in before.

Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981 all birds are protected. The council also suggests the public do not feed the birds, and to keep all litter and waste covered to reduce the attraction.

Bins are provided along the coast for the convenience of the visitors and residents of Wyre.

To help map to extent of the seagull problem in the borough, you can also report incidents of seagull attacks on the Wyre Council website by visiting      

For further details on how to bird proof your property, visit               

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