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Bath could be beating back its seagull problem

The city has been enforcing anti-littering policies. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive

Bath could be winning its war on seagulls.

A new study shows the number of gulls in the city has stabilised, with the population only growing 1% over the past three years.

It follows a project to reduce litter in the city. Residents, businesses and the council are working together to help tackle the problem birds, by making sure litter is properly disposed of.


MP for Bath chairs 'seagull summit' in Parliament

The MP for Bath hosted a 'seagull summit in Parliament today to discuss the problems being caused by urban seagulls. Peter Rock, an expert from Bristol University, highlighted noise and damage to properties as just some of the problems being faced by communities.

He also estimated that there are more than 100,000 seagulls and the numbers are increasing rapidly. Mr Rock believes the current techniques in bringing down numbers are having little effect.

The meeting concluded that there was an urgent need for research into what makes the urban gull so successful. A further meeting will be organised for the near future.