Fed-up Devizes families want seagulls culled

Fed-up Devizes families want seagulls culled

Families in White Horse Way, Devizes, say seagulls are making their lives a misery

Residents want the gulls killed

First published in News

Families living near London Road in Devizes say their lives are being made a misery by gulls and are calling for them to be culled.

The gulls nest on the roofs of industrial buildings at the Garden Trading Estate. The buildings back on to homes in White Horse Way and Combe Walk and families say numbers of gulls are out of control. They are woken up in the early hours of the morning and they and their cars have been pooped on.

Wendy McWilliams, 54, of White Horse Way, has been prescribed anti-depressants and sleeping tablets by her doctor because of the stress the gulls are causing.

She said: “They are an absolute nightmare. Their squawking goes on from 8pm to 1am and they start up at 3.30am, even with PVC windows shut you can still hear them.

“I have lived here for five years but this year the number of seagulls seem to have trebled. My partner lives in Minehead and he says it’s worse here with seagulls than it is in Minehead.”

Mrs McWilliams has resorted to driving around playing a CD of birds of prey noises to try to scare the seagulls away.

Rebecca Wright, 35, of White Horse Way and who has five children, said: “The seagulls keep me awake at night and they have pooed on us while we have been in our garden. It’s horrendous, they should be culled.”

Gemma Romans, of Combe Walk, said the situation is so bad she wants to move.

Jo Northway, of Combe Walk, said: “I’m fed up of cleaning off my car the mess caused by the seagulls. It’s awful when you go to bed and you can’t open your windows because of the noise.”

The families and staff at Jewsons, one of the industrial buildings where the gulls are nesting, have complained to Wiltshire Council’s environmental health department but have been told there is nothing it can do because gulls are protected. Licences to control gulls can be issued by Natural England.

Wiltshire councillor Laura Mayes, who lives in Roundway village, reported the problem to Devizes Area Board. She said: “The situation is horrendous. I get disturbed by seagulls where I live. Seagulls don’t come under the responsibility of Wiltshire Council so by reporting it as an issue to the area board I want to see if we can find a community way to get round it.”

Tony Whitehead, spokesman for the RSPB in the South West, said: “We believe, and the law requires, lethal control should be a last resort used only where it is legal, where there is a proven problem, where non-lethal alternatives have been tried and found not to be effective and where legal, lethal control will not adversely affect the conservation status of the species.

“The RSPB recommends action by local authorities and individuals to reduce the volume of food available to gulls in urban areas, including reducing the amount of food waste sent to landfill, not putting rubbish out until the day of collection, in gull-proof containers, reducing the amount of edible litter on streets, particularly arising from fast food outlets and providing gull-proof litter bins.”

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5:14pm Fri 25 Jul 14

lauram202 says...

I have started an online petition to get things moving on this issue. Please go to www.lauramayes.org and click on the petition button.
I have started an online petition to get things moving on this issue. Please go to www.lauramayes.org and click on the petition button. lauram202
  • Score: -8

9:10pm Fri 25 Jul 14

moonraker77 says...

lauram202 wrote:
I have started an online petition to get things moving on this issue. Please go to www.lauramayes.org and click on the petition button.
Laura,
I'm surprised that you appear to be supporting a cull. A small amount of research would indicate that the root cause of the problem is environmental and occurs all around mainland UK. The area that you represent provides a plentiful food source for gulls as well as plenty of flat roofs for nesting and protection from predators. The gulls population would soon be replenished after a cull even if a special licence was granted.

Wouldn't have been better if you presented a few more facts rather than giving people false hopes ?
[quote][p][bold]lauram202[/bold] wrote: I have started an online petition to get things moving on this issue. Please go to www.lauramayes.org and click on the petition button.[/p][/quote]Laura, I'm surprised that you appear to be supporting a cull. A small amount of research would indicate that the root cause of the problem is environmental and occurs all around mainland UK. The area that you represent provides a plentiful food source for gulls as well as plenty of flat roofs for nesting and protection from predators. The gulls population would soon be replenished after a cull even if a special licence was granted. Wouldn't have been better if you presented a few more facts rather than giving people false hopes ? moonraker77
  • Score: 9

8:17am Sat 26 Jul 14

officer1 says...

moonraker77 wrote:
lauram202 wrote:
I have started an online petition to get things moving on this issue. Please go to www.lauramayes.org and click on the petition button.
Laura,
I'm surprised that you appear to be supporting a cull. A small amount of research would indicate that the root cause of the problem is environmental and occurs all around mainland UK. The area that you represent provides a plentiful food source for gulls as well as plenty of flat roofs for nesting and protection from predators. The gulls population would soon be replenished after a cull even if a special licence was granted.

Wouldn't have been better if you presented a few more facts rather than giving people false hopes ?
Moonraker77 have you visited this area yourself!? I live in this area and frankly find it offensive that you suggest there is a plentiful food source, this housing area is extremely clean and tidy in comparison to some in Devizes ! And also the flat roof's? I find this comment bizarre as many of the seagulls nest on the pitch roof of the houses, flats and industrial building's ! Surely you should have done your research too !!! I will be signing the petition to get rid of this blight on the area and hopefully get some sleep and a cleaner car !!
[quote][p][bold]moonraker77[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lauram202[/bold] wrote: I have started an online petition to get things moving on this issue. Please go to www.lauramayes.org and click on the petition button.[/p][/quote]Laura, I'm surprised that you appear to be supporting a cull. A small amount of research would indicate that the root cause of the problem is environmental and occurs all around mainland UK. The area that you represent provides a plentiful food source for gulls as well as plenty of flat roofs for nesting and protection from predators. The gulls population would soon be replenished after a cull even if a special licence was granted. Wouldn't have been better if you presented a few more facts rather than giving people false hopes ?[/p][/quote]Moonraker77 have you visited this area yourself!? I live in this area and frankly find it offensive that you suggest there is a plentiful food source, this housing area is extremely clean and tidy in comparison to some in Devizes ! And also the flat roof's? I find this comment bizarre as many of the seagulls nest on the pitch roof of the houses, flats and industrial building's ! Surely you should have done your research too !!! I will be signing the petition to get rid of this blight on the area and hopefully get some sleep and a cleaner car !! officer1
  • Score: -2

5:08pm Sat 26 Jul 14

moonraker77 says...

officer1 wrote:
moonraker77 wrote:
lauram202 wrote:
I have started an online petition to get things moving on this issue. Please go to www.lauramayes.org and click on the petition button.
Laura,
I'm surprised that you appear to be supporting a cull. A small amount of research would indicate that the root cause of the problem is environmental and occurs all around mainland UK. The area that you represent provides a plentiful food source for gulls as well as plenty of flat roofs for nesting and protection from predators. The gulls population would soon be replenished after a cull even if a special licence was granted.

Wouldn't have been better if you presented a few more facts rather than giving people false hopes ?
Moonraker77 have you visited this area yourself!? I live in this area and frankly find it offensive that you suggest there is a plentiful food source, this housing area is extremely clean and tidy in comparison to some in Devizes ! And also the flat roof's? I find this comment bizarre as many of the seagulls nest on the pitch roof of the houses, flats and industrial building's ! Surely you should have done your research too !!! I will be signing the petition to get rid of this blight on the area and hopefully get some sleep and a cleaner car !!
Yes I live close by and I don't remember saying that you live in a dirty area. Indeed gulls don't really appear to like decaying or highly salty food. You may have noticed that we live close to farm land? Plenty of food there.

Rather than me cut and paste my research, please take a look at http://en.wikipedia.
org/wiki/European_he
rring_gull. The species around here may be the same or at least have the same characteristics.

You need to understand the root cause of the problem and I agree with what others have found from experience. A cull is pointless. There are other methods of controlling the gull population that can be explored but they are more costly that cleaning your car:)

I wish you luck anyway.
[quote][p][bold]officer1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]moonraker77[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lauram202[/bold] wrote: I have started an online petition to get things moving on this issue. Please go to www.lauramayes.org and click on the petition button.[/p][/quote]Laura, I'm surprised that you appear to be supporting a cull. A small amount of research would indicate that the root cause of the problem is environmental and occurs all around mainland UK. The area that you represent provides a plentiful food source for gulls as well as plenty of flat roofs for nesting and protection from predators. The gulls population would soon be replenished after a cull even if a special licence was granted. Wouldn't have been better if you presented a few more facts rather than giving people false hopes ?[/p][/quote]Moonraker77 have you visited this area yourself!? I live in this area and frankly find it offensive that you suggest there is a plentiful food source, this housing area is extremely clean and tidy in comparison to some in Devizes ! And also the flat roof's? I find this comment bizarre as many of the seagulls nest on the pitch roof of the houses, flats and industrial building's ! Surely you should have done your research too !!! I will be signing the petition to get rid of this blight on the area and hopefully get some sleep and a cleaner car !![/p][/quote]Yes I live close by and I don't remember saying that you live in a dirty area. Indeed gulls don't really appear to like decaying or highly salty food. You may have noticed that we live close to farm land? Plenty of food there. Rather than me cut and paste my research, please take a look at http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/European_he rring_gull. The species around here may be the same or at least have the same characteristics. You need to understand the root cause of the problem and I agree with what others have found from experience. A cull is pointless. There are other methods of controlling the gull population that can be explored but they are more costly that cleaning your car:) I wish you luck anyway. moonraker77
  • Score: 8

11:34am Sun 27 Jul 14

Viva Trowvegas says...

I have been informed a nearby major supplier of breads, pastries and confections already has a licence to cull gulls?

If this is the case a phone call to above may help in identifying what hoops need to be jumped through. Apologies if I have this totally wrong.

I'm not a fan of killing anything but I have experienced these very birds. They are sometimes quite aggressive and not averse to taking a lump or two out of people quietly going about their business.
I have been informed a nearby major supplier of breads, pastries and confections already has a licence to cull gulls? If this is the case a phone call to above may help in identifying what hoops need to be jumped through. Apologies if I have this totally wrong. I'm not a fan of killing anything but I have experienced these very birds. They are sometimes quite aggressive and not averse to taking a lump or two out of people quietly going about their business. Viva Trowvegas
  • Score: -2

12:55am Mon 28 Jul 14

patrickpaddy says...

Discourage them maybe, but kill them??

What's wrong with wearing ear plugs or buying a fan or washing your car?
This act would be mass murder over a mild inconvenience on our part.

Trust me I live and work in the exact area in question here and certainly understand the noise and mess they create on what feels like a 24hr basis.

Apart from being disgusting and cruel, without preventative measures it would be completely pointless to cull them because as mentioned before more would arrive in no time.
Discourage them maybe, but kill them?? What's wrong with wearing ear plugs or buying a fan or washing your car? This act would be mass murder over a mild inconvenience on our part. Trust me I live and work in the exact area in question here and certainly understand the noise and mess they create on what feels like a 24hr basis. Apart from being disgusting and cruel, without preventative measures it would be completely pointless to cull them because as mentioned before more would arrive in no time. patrickpaddy
  • Score: 7

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