Falcons set to give seagulls the bird

08:34 06 March 2014

Ref exe 3936-29-13SH

Ref exe 3936-29-13SH

Archant

Specially trained birds of prey to be deployed in Seaton to scare away the scavengers

Specially trained birds of prey are being deployed to scare away Seaton’s scavenging seagulls.

The ‘novel and humane’ idea will see the resort join forces with Exmouth and Sidmouth in a £15,500 project to hire a falconer for a one-year trial. It is hoped the birds will deter gulls and pigeons and entertain tourists.

The move will coincide with a bid to urge residents and visitors to think about how they dispose of food waste which attracts gulls.

The initiative will be financed through the Parishes Together Fund which makes cash available to councils who team up for community projects.

Seaton Mayor Gaynor Sedgwick stressed that the gulls will not be harmed. She said the aim is to regularly alarm the pest birds and cause them to feel unsettled enough not to breed or feed in the areas they are considered to be a nuisance.

The falconer will be coming to Seaton three times a week and will fly specially bred hybrid birds of prey.

Cllr Sedgwick told The Herald : “Seaton Town Council receive complaints every summer from people who are unhappy with the noise and mess the gulls make.

“We wanted to respond to the complaints we receive and this is a way of encouraging the gulls to feed out at sea and nest in the cliffs, not on buildings. Gulls are beautiful birds, and a protected species, unfortunately the behaviour of humans make them at times a nuisance to live with.

“They are in the towns because we make it easy for them to breed and feed. It is a joint effort though and people should not feed the gulls, and be careful about disposing of rubbish. Deterrents are available to place on roofs and further information can be found in the town council office.

“EDDC have distributed do not feed the seagull posters to most food outlets in the town and Frydays fish and chips have agreed to put stickers on their boxes to remind people not to feed the gulls.”

0 comments

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 08:00
Kenyan tea growers Paul Tiony (left) and Wilson Tuwei, who head Sireet OEP. Sireet tea is used in more than 40 blends, widely available in the UK.

Fairtrade Fortnight – the annual event to promote Fairtrade products – is now on in Exmouth. It runs until Sunday, March 8, and includes discounts in some shops and a visit from a Kenyan tea grower. Samples of Fairtrade products will also be in the town centre later in March.

Read more
Mon, 17:18

Honiton Under-11s were involved in a round-robin festival at Sidmouth, writes Luke Owen.

Read more
Mon, 14:38
Tont Pinder in cross country action

Axe Valley Community College student Tony Pinder has been selected to represent Devon at the National round of the Schools Cross Country competition.

Read more
Thursday, February 19, 2015
East Devon Grecians - supporters of Exeter City AFC

With last week’s away trip to Portsmouth, and the anticipation of this Saturday’s home game against local rivals Plymouth Argyle, the football fixture list couldn’t really get much better for Exeter City fans, writes Gareth Hughes.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 3°C

Most Read News

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Midweek Herald e-edition today E-edition



Honiton's trusted business finder