people love seagulls, others hate them; but one thing
is for sure seagulls are an important part of our ecology.
Below we have set out some of the behaviour traits that
often cause seagulls to be seen as pests.
• There are two main types of gull that we get
contacted about: The Herring Gull (Larus Argentatus)
and the lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus Fuscus). When
we receive an enquiry from the public on how to “get
rid of gulls” it’s usually these two species
that are involved.
• The numbers of Herring Gull and lesser Black-backed
Gull have significantly increased in recent times; with
many of them moving further and further inland.
• Seagulls will roost on the highest points of
a roof; usually the ridge, chimneys or along the highest
flat roof or parapet wall. If you prevent seagulls from
landing on these areas they will often abandon the property
• 90% of all the contacts we recieve are from
people with seagulls on their rooftops who are fed up
with the raucous cries, screeching and the damage caused
by their activities.
• Gulls are at their noisiest during the nesting
season (April – July) - the eggs are usually laid
in April or May. The young gulls will hatch approximately
4 weeks later and finally leave the nest after another
• Many of the enquiries we receive are from people
who want to “get rid of gulls” and want
to know if there is such a thing as a “seagull
scarer”. The answer to this is NO; there are some
plastic products on the market, such as life size owls,
but in our experience the seagulls soon learn that they
are no threat.
• The best method of preventing seagulls on your
rooftop is seagull proofing. This simply means making
physical changes to the surfaces so the seagulls no
longer want to roost there. This type of seagull proofing
is called roost modification. All our products are roost
modification devices; they are the tried and tested
best selling sea gull deterrents in the United Kingdom.
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