Hastings seagull lovers outraged at the idea of culling the birds

Seagull lovers in Hastings have made it clear what they think about idea of culling the birds.

Tuesday, 5th November 2019, 6:00 am
Seagulls in Hastings. Hastings file photo SUS-181218-121318001

They spoke out as Worcester Council considers an application to Natural England so the birds can be shot.

If they succeed it would result in the first seagull cull in 40 years.

In Worcester Councillors say that gulls are still proving to be a menace despite £30,000 spent on anti-gull measures last year. They say have tried many non-lethal methods, as well as anti-gull bins which work by covering waste with metal grilles or other barriers.

Dozens of people took to the Hastings Gull Appreciation group on Facebook to make their feelings known, in support of the birds.

One woman posted “Sort the humans out and leave our beautiful gulls alone”. Another commented: “Outrageous! We all need to stop this happening.”

One person posted “Gulls were here long before humans,” while another said: “A stupid littering people cull may be more effective”.

There are no plans for a seagull cull in Hastings and Rother, though Rye Town Council were forced to put up signs asking people not to feed or encourage gulls due to problems they were causing.