'From 3am the gulls can be screaming to get fed'
With more than 2,000 urban gulls deciding to live and breed in Bath their presence is not proving popular with residents and businesses.
Stories of noisy gulls waking people in the early hours or attacking bags of rubbish left for collection have become legion in Bath.
Henry Brown, chairman of the Federation of Bath Residents' Association, said it was a problem that seemed to be getting worse.
He said: "They are a continuing nuisance for the people of Bath and it's not just the mess but the noise of them, particularly early in the summer morning. From 3am they can be screaming to get fed. People living in the city centre do find it quite a trial."
Mr Brown said some residents' groups had been helped by the council to deal with nests and so far 16 nests in the Circle area have had eggs removed.
He added residents needed to help the situation by using the food waste boxes issued by B&NES.
He said: "We feel people should be encouraged to use them because it helps stop the gulls going for domestic food."
Ian Bell, executive director of Bath Chamber of Commerce, said the urban gulls were having an effect on trade.
He said: "It is a real pity they have been lured into Bath as anyone knows they cause all sorts of problems.
"I know that people who are in overnight accommodation have complained to proprietors about being woken up early because of the gulls."