Residents have their say on Rhyl's seagull problem


Dean Jones

RESIDENTS of Rhyl have voiced their opinions on how to combat the town’s Seagull problem.

After last week’s story, The Journal received a number of suggestions from readers, with opinion significantly divided on the issue.

Mike Jones, who has recently moved back to the area, said: “I think what the council must do is provide everyone with proper bins.

“I moved back here from London in 2011 after 40 years away and was shocked to find that in Windsor Street we have to put out plastic bags in front of our houses, which inevitably get pecked by the seagulls.”

Denbighshire County Council did put a prevention measure in place in the form of the coastal hawks project, but it was scrapped in 2011 after it was decided that it was not having the desired effect.

Joan Cronk, who’s husband, a milkman, has been repeatedly attacked by Seagulls, said: “We should put people before Seagulls. The solution is for the council to remove nests from roofs making it easier for owners of homes. It is a problem that has been going on for too long and it needs to be resolved soon.”

Despite the majority of responses calling for the problem to be sorted, there were some who condemn any notion that culling the Seagulls would solve the problem, as there are alternative ways to deter them without having to resort to extermination.

Katherine Owen offered some alternative solutions to the problem, saying: “Gulls can be controlled very effectively and without using any invasive control techniques commonly employed by the pest controllers.

“Individual buildings can be protected comprehensively by using a combination of deterrents and anti-nesting techniques alongside complimentary controls such as egg-oiling, which can be considered for areas where gulls are breeding in numbers.

“There are numerous control options for gulls, most of which are highly effective and relatively inexpensive to provide, but as with any type of bird control system a holistic approach is extremely important.”

Emma Thomas said on social media site Facebook: “Culling only brings more species into an area where there is room due to population and the council can’t do anything as these birds are a protected species.

“The council should spend their time and money on making the promenade in Rhyl look a lot better than it does instead.”

Thank you to everyone who took the time to write in their opinions on the subject.

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