Bid to kill off birds in town centres

PUBLISHED: 14:26 29 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:46 15 June 2010

A JOINT bid to combat the menace of seagulls and pigeons in Axminster and Seaton by removing nests and eggs has been put forward.

A JOINT bid to combat the menace of seagulls and pigeons in Axminster and Seaton by removing nests and eggs has been put forward.The idea is part of an East Devon District Council plan, following numerous complaints about the birds.EDDC's executive is being asked to support the project, which would also be implemented in other towns, at a total cost of £80-90,000.A report before the executive, which meets tonight, will recommend that, as it has no statutory responsibility for pest control, costs should be split with town councils.The report stated: "Anecdotally at least, these birds are a popular feature of our towns."However, we feel a need to respond to the concerns of residents who are suffering as a result of their presence in ever increasing numbers."This is not a cull, rather it is suggesting steps to prevent further growth of the problem."In Axminster, the report suggests trapping some of the feral pigeons in the town centre which cause problems because of fouling.The cost would be £2,571 for an initial six week programme, excluding the costs of any access equipment. A programme running four times per year would cost £5,957.In Seaton, the report said there was a problem with gulls behaving aggresively towards people, and it suggested removing nests and eggs.The cost for the programme would be £6465, based on eight visits by technicians going to 10 properties.

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