More cash needed to stop Aberdeenshire town’s gull problem

A project to combat a gull infestation in a North-east town is seeking additional funding.

Residents in Huntly have complained for a number of years about the mess and annoyance caused by the birds in the town.

The Marr area committee is being asked to consider additional funding at its next meeting tomorrow.

The Huntly and District Development Trust (HDDT) is leading the pest-control project which involves removing nests and destroying any eggs found.

Now £1,200 in extra funding is being requested from Aberdeenshire to top up the money raised locally from a number of businesses.

Pest controllers have undertaken the first of four two-day visits to the town this year and will return in June and July for the second phase.

The project will continue for the next five to seven years at a cost of around £6,500 a year.

This initiative has the support of many local businesses, who along with

Aberdeenshire Council, have contributed cash to pay for the work.

Donald Boyd, HDDT’s manager, believes the support shown by local firms demonstrates the strength of public feeling in Huntly.