New techniques employed to scare seagulls away from Gloucester
A NEW seagull scaring technique is to be used to try and stop the birds making a mess of Gloucester this summer.
Contractors will be experimenting with a new gel repellent – which is claimed will deter them from roosting and nesting in the area.
The city council's annual campaign will cover a larger area this year and also use 'tried and trusted' methods including egg oiling, egg replacement and nest removals to disrupt the breeding cycle.
The work will be carried out in breeding 'hotspots' the Gate streets and in two areas along the Bristol Road.
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It will be coupled with bird scaring measures by Cory Environmental at their Hempsted landfill site.
Council leader Paul James said: "Urban gulls are a national problem – not a Gloucester phenomenon.
"We have developed a strong reputation from our partnership approach to dealing with this issue.
" At the height of the summer we appreciate how disruptive, noisy and dirty the birds can be and the effect they can have on visitors and businesses.
" We have to be realistic and accept that we can't completely solve the problem.
"But our approach has been proven to mitigate the worst excesses of the birds.
"We will continue working together with our partners to continue looking at future solutions."