Kittiwakes

Charity in warning over trapped gulls

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

The RSPB is asking people to keep an eye out for trapped seabirds on the Newcastle and Gateshead quaysides.

Hundreds of kittiwakes have returned to the River Tyne for the nesting season.

Many businesses and landlords have been working to make their properties safe for the birds, but the RSPCA and RSPB say there are still some dangers.

Last year, gulls were said to be dying "horrible, long, miserable deaths" in netting installed on buildings to stop birds nesting.

Kittiwakes under netting on Newcastle Quayside
Blyth Wildlife Rescue

Netting to be removed for kittiwakes' return

BBC Newcastle

Plans are being put in place to allow for the return of the River Tyne's famous colony of kittiwakes, after some died earlier this year from getting caught in netting on buildings.

The animals were getting stuck in the mesh that was put up to stop other birds nesting on the buildings (pictured).

Newcastle City Council now says it will invest in an electrical deterrent, that won't affect the kittiwakes

Posts on social media posted earlier this summer showed birds trapped in the netting on Lombard Street
BLTY WILDLIFE RESCUE
Posts on social media posted earlier this summer showed birds trapped in the netting on Lombard Street

Artificial sea cliffs

Iolo Williams discovers how birds have adapted to living alongside man.
On Mumbles Pier in Swansea, kittiwakes have taken advantage of man made structures to build their nests on. Here you can get really close to the gulls, who use the pier ledges as artificial sea cliffs. The pier offers them shelter for nesting, an easy food source and protection from predators.