Somerset council reports success in gull treatment

About 50 pairs of gulls in a Somerset town have been prevented from breeding in a project to control numbers.

A total of 112 eggs have been collected from 48 nests this year as part of a treatment programme in Taunton.

Environmental health officials from Taunton Deane Borough Council carry out the work to reduce the gull nuisance for shoppers, visitors and residents.

The council said the number of eggs was down on previous years, which showed the programme was having an effect.

Councillor Ken Hayward said the gull control work was "valued" but urged local people to contribute to the prevention of gull nuisance by taking care over their waste disposal.

As part of the programme, gull eggs are taken from nests and replaced with dummy eggs.

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