August 4, 2015
Despite the iconic status of gulls as a well-known part of the seaside in Wales, public opinion is divided about their behaviour.
Sadly, the RSPCA does receive calls about gulls which have been persecuted and the victim of abusive attacks.
Although generally marine-based birds, many gulls also live inland for at least part of the year and often roost in flocks, increasing their contact with human populations.
There has been considerable coverage concerning the perceived threats which seagulls pose Wales’ communities, including fear of attack towards humans and animals, and other nuisance.
Should the Welsh Government deem it necessary to issue guidance to Local Authorities on the management of gulls, we would urge an emphasis on the role of non-lethal solutions, and for Councils to promote to the general public steps they can take to live in harmony with gulls.
Indeed, Local Authorities in Wales are well-placed to work the Welsh Government and other agencies in ensuring people understand that unwanted gull behaviours can often be managed by positive changes in human behaviour.