Gull numbers fall in Bath . . . for the third year in a row
Urban gull numbers in Bath city centre have declined for the third year running, according to a new report.
A report complied for Bath and North East Somerset council’s Planning Transport and Environment Policy Development and Scrutiny panel has found that the number of gulls has declined.
During the past year the council has spent £6,000 on the problem, including a trial of gull proof bags.
The report suggests that this is working, but recommends that more research is carried out into where the gulls get their food.
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It said: “A further possibility is to support research into finding out the location of the main food sources for gulls.
“This knowledge would enable limited resources to be targeted in the right places.”
The report also says local authorities should work together to ensure gulls do not simply move from one city to another: “Unfortunately there is no simple solution to the impact of urban gulls.
“The methods that the Council currently employ are similar to those being used in other local authorities within the region.
“As this is an issue for cities and towns throughout the Severn Estuary, a more effective response may be to adopt a coordinated strategy involving affected local authorities.
“This might then mitigate the risk that interventions by one local authority to displace gulls may have a detrimental effect on surrounding local authorities.