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Police ask public not to call them about seagulls

Avon & Somerset Police have put out a request on social media for people to stop calling 101 over issues regarding seagulls.

Despite a number of reports this month about seagull incidents increasing, police are asking people to think about the situation before they call.


Councillors vote against plans to curb seagull population

Several residents have complained about noisy seagulls in the town. Credit: Craig Watson/PA

Councillors in Burnham-on-Sea have voted against plans to try and reduce the number of seagulls in the town.

Several residents have complained about noisy nesting gulls.

One suggestion was to annually remove eggs at the cost of £10,000 a year.

Man injured after seagull attack in Bristol

There have been several reports of seagull attacks in our region in recent weeks. Credit: Craig Watson/PA

The growing problem of seagulls in our city centres has again been highlighted after a man was badly injured by a gull and ended up in hospital.

Allan Plaister was dive-bombed by the bird, who managed to knock him off his bike while he was cycling in the centre of Bristol. He's now on crutches, but says it could have been worse had he fallen into passing traffic.

Bristol City Council has set aside £200,000 to look at ways of tackling the problem the city's gull problem, and the Prime Minister has spoken about the issue, in the wake of several gull attacks on pets and people in recent weeks.

Bob Constantine has more.

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.