Aberdeen residents are warned against feed the Gulls since they have grown in numbers in the city.
Aberdeen City Council gets several complaints about the animals, which include their noise and damage to property. The local authority received 147 and 139 complaints in 2018 and 2019 respectively.
The council has limited power to take some actions, but they can only advise the public to stop feeding them.
According to the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, it is illegal to injure, capture, or kill any wild bird unless you are licensed to do such.
When people discard unwanted food and containers particular in the city center or near takeaway food outlets, this attracts the gulls so we’d ask people to dispose of their waste in a bin. In addition, people are also deliberately feeding the gulls.An Aberdeen City Council spokeswoman said
She also said that
Too much human food is not good for them and can lead to them attacking people to steal food. Their natural diet is based on shellfish, other small sea creatures, earthworms, bird’s eggs, and insects. We’d encourage people to heed the advice and play their part particularly not to feed the birds.
Aberdeen residents should follow this piece of advice
- They should not feed gulls on streets or drop food scraps, as gulls are scavengers and they are attracted to rubbish. Dispose of food waste responsibly.
- Property owners should discourage gulls from building their nests by installing deterrent devices like spikes and nets on chimney heads and flat roof areas.
- You can get a licensed pest control company to prevent eggs from hatching, or remove both the eggs and nests.