Nearly 400 gull eggs were removed in the North-east’s biggest town last year in a crackdown on the menace posed by the nuisance seabirds.
Figures released by Aberdeenshire Council highlight the growing scale of the problem facing Peterhead.
Shoppers have reported being attacked by the birds and some residents have needed hospital treatment for gull-inflicted injuries.
An explosion in the breeding population of the birds led the local authority in 2014 to launch an initiative to combat the menace.
Laws allow council workers to remove eggs and nests from roofs in the town and a full trial was carried out last year to test the policy’s effectiveness.
A total of 171 nests and 378 eggs were removed from the area around Drummers Corner, Marischal Street, Chapel Street and Prince Street last year before they were ready to hatch.
In a report to the Buchan area committee, Suzanne Robertson from the council’s business development team said last year’s gull controls have “significantly reduced” the number of birds in the town centre in 2017 and the number of complaints has also fallen.
She added: “People felt safer in the town centre.”
Councillors on the Buchan area committee will consider the findings at their town meeting on Tuesday morning.