Seagull deterrent trial proves successful

A MEANS of combating the seagull menace in our coastal communities may be at hand.

Members of the Royal Burgh of Arbroath Community Council met with Angus councillors and council officials at Victoria Park on Wednesday when Ian Watson demonstrated how seagulls might be kept at bay.

First he threw bread on to the grass to attract the circling birds which swooped down to avail themselves of a free feed.

However, Mr Watson then placed a piece of bright red glass in the area where he had scattered the bread. The glass appeared to act as a deterrent and while the gulls continued to circle, they would not come down to feed while the red panel was present.

The councillors who witnessed the demonstration were Donald Morrison and David Lumgair and Ron Watson, director of neighbourhood services was also present.

Mr Ashton said he would be interested in working with the community council to trial the deterrent.

A spokesperson for Angus Council said: “We continue to  investigate a range and variety of options to combat the problem of seagulls in our coastal communities.

“A council officer attended a demonstration in Arbroath on Wednesday, given by the community council, to show the possible effects of red patches in deterring the seagulls.

“As a result of the demonstration, the council will now lay down red patches in specific areas of the town, for example, at waste bins. During the summer months, the impact of these patches in deterring seagulls will be monitored.

“Council officers will note findings when and where possible, and members of the local community council will also be asked to assist with the survey by undertaking spot checks on busy areas where seagulls normally cluster and create a nuisance.”

The spokesperson concluded: “The survey results will be considered later this year.”