Echo Letters: Brazen seagulls menace needs tackling pragmatically

By Echo Reader

Dear Editor,

MY partner and I recently witnessed a brazen seagull chasing a cat on Mayberry Road in Kilnamanagh.

The proliferation of these scavengers can be seen in Tymon Park where they frequently outnumber swans and ducks by fifty to one.

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The slew of urban gull colonies is acknowledged by ornithologists. Poor waste management practices and little fear of human inhabitants have buoyed the seagulls.

Herring gulls cause the most problems – large and adaptable birds, they exist alongside coastal and inland areas devouring anything from sea-fish to waste food as they tear apart plastic bags of rubbish left out for collection: aggravating litter problems.

The main reason gulls moved into suburbs is the availability of food as fish-stocks diminish.

Gull attacks happen at this time of year, when birds are protecting chicks from perceived threats.

Roo, a Yorkshire Terrier, was pecked to death and Bella, a Chihuahua puppy, died of gull attacks in the UK.

Not only are they draggle-tailed, they cause an early morning rumpus.

Gulls nesting on your chimney? Stick up some gull anti-roosting spikes.

Nests on a flat roof? Run several lines of wire or nylon string a metre above the roof: gulls hate going under suspended wires.

Rather than futile culls, smart waste collectors should change refuse practices, stop fishermen gutting their catch near shore, and stop Tymon park visitors feeding gulls.

A summit is needed to tackle the growing menace of seagulls in a pragmatic manner.

Yours sincerely,

Liam Kinsella, Kilnamanagh.

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