Gulls are very resourceful and opportunistic creatures.  They have learned to take advantage of the ready supply of food that we provide.  They are becoming a real problem in some areas of Inverclyde.  The problems associated with gulls include:

  • Fouling causes damage to cars, clothing and other property.
  • Noise of calling and heavy footfall on roofs from the early hours.
  • Nesting materials can block chimneys, gas flues and guttering.
  • They often display aggressive behaviour towards passers-by during summer months when they have young chicks.  This normally involves three stages of behaviour:
    1. Gagging call issued as a warning.
    2. Swooping a metre or so overhead, defecating or regurgitating food towards their target (remarkably accurately).
    3. Raking pass, often from behind, which can cause serious injury.
  • Dive-bombing passers-by to snatch food.  Keep close to young children when they are eating.  Never leave food unattended.
  • Gulls carry diseases such as Salmonella and E-Coli.

Because of these problems, it is important that people do not encourage gulls - don’t feed them!  Unwanted food should be placed in an available bin or taken home with you and disposed of there.

There are steps that you can take at home to discourage gulls:

  • Spikes, nets or wires can be used on roofs and other flat surfaces to prevent them from nesting.
  • If your refuse bin doesn’t have a lid, contact the Council on 717171.
  • If you are on a plastic sack route, do not put the sacks out the night before.
  • Explain to your children the reasons why we shouldn’t feed gulls.

Page last updated: 1 February 2018