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Dumfries seagull egg and nest removal set to resume

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An egg and nest removal scheme to try to tackle the problem of aggressive urban seagulls is set to resume.

It has run in Dumfries for a number of years and claims to have seen the number of adult birds breeding in the town decline "considerably".

The service will be available to residential and commercial premises in Dumfries and Heathhall from May.

Nest and egg removals might not take place until the middle of the month onwards.

The Urban Gull Taskforce, which has been independently monitoring the situation in Dumfries, said the rearing of young gulls had been reduced by an average of 86% each year since 2009.

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"In 2014, the numbers of adult (four years of age or older) gulls returning to Dumfries to breed declined considerably," it said.

"Without the efforts of the council to manage the gull problem, it is highly likely that the population of breeding gulls would be significantly higher than it is today."

Councillor Colin Smyth, who chairs the council's economy, environment and infrastructure committee said the the menace of gulls made too many people's lives "a real misery".

"The nest and egg removal scheme has provided some respite for many people and I'm pleased it is being repeated again, albeit given the fact that gulls are long-lived birds it will clearly take some time before it has a long term impact," he said.

"I would urge people troubled with nesting birds to take advantage of the free nest and egg removal scheme but also that this is a scheme provided voluntarily by the council and the council do need the property owner's permission to remove eggs and nests."

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