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Specially trained hawk to ward off seagulls in Plymouth

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A Hawk will be flying above the buildings in Plymouth City centre this morning to ward off badly behaved seagulls! It's been specially trained to fly but not attack gulls after complaints that they are swooping on people. The hawk patrol will be in the city centre every Tuesday until the end of September.


Rise in complaints about seagull attacks in St Ives.

They've been getting a bad press recently and that shows no signs of changing any time soon. Seagulls seem to be getting angrier, more aggressive and fearless and have no hesitation in swooping down on unsuspecting members of the public.

And they appear to be particularly menacing in St Ives. In fact so much so, there's been a dramatic increase in the number of complaints about seagull attacks. Our Cornwall correspondent Steve Hardy reports.

Seagull proof bags scheme to be extended

Seagulls prove a problem when breaking into rubbish bags Credit: Photo/Wayne Parry

Seagull-proof rubbish bags are to be given to more households across Weymouth and Portland.

Two thousand homes will receive the extra strong bags after a successful trial in the Park District area of Weymouth. The bags are made out of a strong and reusable fabric, and have a lifespan of around five years.


Hawk swoops on school seagull problem

A hawk is being used to scare away problem seagulls at a Cornish school. Helston Community College has brought in a specialist hawk handler to fly the bird of prey in the school playground.

The hawk acts as a deterrent to seagulls which have been swooping at children and stealing food during their lunch breaks. Hawks have also been used to deter gulls in seaside towns like St Ives, and to keep them off the runways at RNAS Culdrose.