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Re: Seagulls

Posted: 13:49 18 Jul 2016
by Fat_green_belly
Bleddy shitehawks. Bane of my life.
After 16 years of the blighters in the dockyard, thought i had seen the last of em.
Nope. How many people in plymouth would put food out in their front garden regularly
to feed and attract these vermin? One? maybe two. So guess what my dork neighbours
do as a pastime. Yeh, you guessed it. Breakfast and teatime. Dozens of the birdstards.
Shiting all over my adjoining garden and dominating the local airspace and nearby rooftop
landing areas bigtime. Then there is the constant row they make at those feeding times. Aaagh!
The gull problem seems to have got worse over recent years. No longer just the barbican and seafront.
The closure of chelston meadow, probably not helping, causing more gull migration into the city?
Nationally, it did reach prime ministerial level with cameron talking of a seagull summit earlier
in the year due to so many complaints about their aggressive behaviour.
When i googled seagull it said they can live for 40 years. They pair for life. They always nest in the
same location annually around spring and summer. Usually near a regular food source. Hmmm.
Thats when they divebomb, to protect their chicks. They can be vicious beggars in doing so.
Seabirds should be at sea, but i guess they are clever enough to spot the dopey human/free lunch
connection so they are now scavenging and annoying us big time instead.
Apparently they nest in chimneypots, on flat roofs and alcoves which are all around my street.
They havnt nested anywere here yet though. Fingers crossed. I got my beedie eye on em for sure.
Council pest department if they do, although i think they will only act if they start attacking
people. Or pets, as i recall reading somewhere of a small dog being killed by one.
I think there was a campaign for fines to be introduced by the council for feeding them in
plymouth but it failed to materialise unfortunately. Damn, damn, and triple damn!

Re: Seagulls

Posted: 14:19 18 Jul 2016
by Shadowknight
Some toad near me keeps feeding them. Usually when people have just put washing out...

Re: Seagulls

Posted: 15:40 18 Jul 2016
by Frank_Butcher
Fat_green_belly wrote: Council pest department if they do, although i think they will only act if they start attacking
people. Or pets, as i recall reading somewhere of a small dog being killed by one.
I think there was a campaign for fines to be introduced by the council for feeding them in
plymouth but it failed to materialise unfortunately. Damn, damn, and triple damn!


These days I think most Councils either provide no service at all, or charge.

I discovered the former having had squirrels nesting in the loft - now that is a nightmare you don't want ... . However, I now know a good pest control operator.

Re: Seagulls

Posted: 15:51 18 Jul 2016
by Quinny
I found out the same when we had a wasp nest under our roof. If it was a bees nest then that would have been fine: someone would have come out to sort it. But not wasps.

Re: Seagulls

Posted: 16:41 18 Jul 2016
by (I'm)Stranded
I love gulls... so graceful, clean and annoy so many of that most obnoxious of species... humans!

Try moving house utl. No sympathy from me whatsoever.

Couldn't agree more - we live in a world in which humans put concrete anywhere and everywhere, and the thousands of other species we share that space with get increasingly marginalised. Gulls, especially Herring, get a ridiculous and hysterical
bad press, but I think they're one of the best things about living near the sea. We don't have lions or bears so people in this country seem to find it necessary to demonise the wonderful wildlife we've got. Gulls, wasps, foxes, badgers; bring'em on!!
Andyr1963 - I usually agree with everything you say, but this time, shame on you !!

Re: Seagulls

Posted: 13:10 19 Jul 2016
by t._green
Maybe, If you lived in a seaside town then your romantic view of our Falcon de Merde would be quite different.

Re: Seagulls

Posted: 13:23 19 Jul 2016
by Quinny
Falcon de Merde :D

Re: Seagulls

Posted: 13:48 19 Jul 2016
by t._green
Credit has to go to a local songsmith in Looe, many moons ago, who sang a humorous little ditty to them, the phrase stuck with me.

Re: Seagulls

Posted: 18:00 19 Jul 2016
by (I'm)Stranded
T Green, I lived in a seaside town for decades - I enjoyed them then and I enjoy them now!

Re: Seagulls

Posted: 16:10 21 Jul 2016
by BDW
I live in Redditch which is probably as far from the sea as anywhere in the UK. Recently some seagulls have moved into the area, I thought I had seen the last of them when I made the move up North. They are bringing down the area with their slovenly ways and acting like they own the place.

I have tried reasoning with them but they won't listen and keep making deposits on me, my family and my neighbours. I have asked if they are refugees but I don't think they speak English all I get is lucka, lucka, lucka.

Please it anybody is missing any seagullls from their coastal towns and cities help yourself because we inlanders don't want them.

Re: Seagulls

Posted: 16:15 21 Jul 2016
by Welwyn Pilgrim
I had a problem with squirrels digging up my lawn during the night and hiding their nuts for a feast later on in the year. Ruining my lawn and tried ultrasonic noises, repellent and even a water spray, nothing worked. So I tied 4 balloons on string to my rotation line which during the night would turn gentle in the wind and this scared the little buggers off and never to return....

Re: Seagulls

Posted: 11:39 23 Jul 2016
by t._green
Squirrels eh, they've all moved to Camborne, where they hang out in gangs and mug passing kids in the local park, they're almost as notorious as St Ives gulls that dive bomb you for fish and chips—anyone remember 'the birds'?. Seriously, something has to be done about our wildlife turning to villainy.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-36792959

Re: Seagulls

Posted: 18:17 24 Jul 2016
by X Isle
Kevin_Dacombe wrote: When I used to live in Plymouth it was bin day that was a nightmare. The council refused to give us wheels bins so the night before everyone would put out their bin bags, at about 5am when it started getting light all hell would break lose as the gulls ripped the bags apart. By 9am there was rubbish everywhere. That and once one Bugger had me pasty out of my hand. Shoot f'ers is what I say after that.

Since wheelie bins were introduced the seagull (and fox) population should have dropped, there's no evidence it is though, the noisey f'kers are everywhere.

I can only put it down to lazy bin etiquette and the menopausal crusty juggler types who take bagfulls of breadcrumbs to public places and throw it about liberally before being descended upon.

If anything needs shooting, it's them. Nature will then take care of itself :cool: