Residents in Angus have been reminded by the local authority that a free gull egg and nest removal service is currently available.
The service for residential properties is available during the period when gulls are typically building nests or have eggs in a nest.
The council is urging residents to get in touch about the service before the eggs have been laid, because treatment cannot be undertaken after they have hatched.
Commercial premises will still be expected to deal with gull nests as part of their general maintenance programme and meet the cost involved.
Residents who require the removal of eggs and nests, or would like further information about the service provided, should contact the council’s ACCESSLine on 08452 777 778.
There is also advice available on the council’s website, which includes frequently asked questions such as:
Do I need to be present when the eggs and nest are being removed? - You do not need to be present while the eggs and nest are being removed.
What can the public do to assist in dealing with the problem? - It is important that the public are aware that gulls are attracted to areas where food is plentiful. Gulls are also opportunistic and will scavenge waste bins and look for food from the public.
The council urges residents not to feed gulls at home, or in areas such as parks and other open spaces.
The public and businesses are asked to ensure litter and other food waste is properly stored and/or disposed of using the bins provided.