Calls to tackle screeching and divebombing seagulls

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Concerned residents have been forced to run for cover to escape seagulls in Kirkintilloch - promoting calls for action.

They want the airborne menaces to have their wings clipped before someone gets hurt.

One local, who asked not to be named, said: “I stay in Donaldson Street and have been plagued by the influx of seagulls into the local area.

“I currently have one nesting on the roof of my flat which is attacking myself and other residents, including children when we walk past – at all times of the day and night.

“I contacted the local council who were, in my opinion, a disgrace. They stated that there is nothing that can be done and I was to ‘wait it out until the breeding season finishes in August’.

“This in my opinion is unacceptable and it is only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured.”

The Herald asked readers on Facebook for their views and the consensus was that there is a significant problem.

But Diane Campbell, East Dunbartonshire Council’s director of governance and regulation, said: “The council does not have a statutory responsibility for dealing with wild birds, like seagulls, and consequently does not provide a service to control them. The reason for this is that seagulls, like other wild birds, are protected in terms of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and a licence is required to kill them.

“Residents who have problems with wild birds nesting or roosting can employ licensed contractors to offer advice and assistance.”

For more information call the council on 0300 123 4510 or Scottish Natural Heritage on 01463 725000.

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