Charity abseil cancelled after seagull dive-bomb threat

"Seagulls are fiercely protective of their offspring," disappointed organisers conceded. Credit: DPA

A charity abseil down the side of a hospital has been postponed due to fears seagulls would dive-bomb fundraisers.

The 100-foot abseil, down Yeovil District Hospital, in Somerset, was due to take place tomorrow to raise funds for a new special care baby unit.

But organisers were forced to cancel the event when a seagulls' nest containing baby chicks was discovered yards from the launch site during final preparations.

A spokeswoman for the Flying Colours campaign, which aims to raise £500,000 for the unit, said the event would take place once the birds had moved on.

"The seagulls are fiercely protective of their offspring, and even during the inspection the inspectors were dive-bombed by the seagulls," she said.

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