For public health and safety we will remove seagull nests and eggs free of charge from domestic properties during the spring when gulls are typically building nests or have eggs in a nest.

To request this service please contact ACCESSLine on 03452 777 778 .

Once the chicks leave the nest, parent gulls can become very aggressive in a bid to protect them. Unfortunately, there is nothing the council can do to prevent this as the birds are protected by law. The only thing that can be done is to avoid the chicks as much as possible and wait until they have left the area.

If they are using your property, we would then strongly recommend that you consider options to prevent them returning in the future.

It is possible to prevent nest building by using measures such as spikes, nets and wires.

For further advice on prevention measures contact ACCESSLine on 03452 777 778 .

You can also help us tackle the nuisance caused by gulls by not feeding them, and properly disposing of litter and food waste.