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Gull populations are growing fast

March heralds the official start of spring, but for many residents and businesses it also marks the start of what can amount to six months of disruption due to problem gulls. The breeding season has now begun as the birds return to their favoured nesting sites in the UK after wintering in southern Europe. Environmental Consultancy NBC Environment is urging organisations to take action before it is too late to stop the annual influx of gulls.

The population of gulls in the UK is increasing rapidly. Rooftop nesting has quadrupled over the past 15 years as birds bring the previous year’s offspring with them to the same sites and multi-generational colonies grow. Year on year, related issues* increase too as nesting colonies become established and the eggs hatch from late May onwards.

In February, issues around gulls were raised at Westminster for the first time since David...

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