Communities around the north-east affected by nuisance gulls are encouraged to take action if they want to have an impact in future years.
In recent years, Aberdeenshire Council has been involved in prevention activity in a number of towns, including Stonehaven and Peterhead, working together with the local community.
There are also plans to introduce control measures in Fraserburgh in future, again in conjunction with the residents.
The authority has said it has “no legal powers to force owners to carry out preventative works, nor to undertake treatment during nesting”.
Peter Argyle, chairman of the council’s Infrastructure Services Committee (ISC), said: “The council does not advocate the killing of gulls and their young, and so we encourage deterrents, preventative measures and nest and egg removal.
“It really has to be stressed that the council has no responsibility to carry out work at private properties and businesses, but clearly we support community efforts in some of the worst affected areas where we can.
“There can only really be any effect on nuisance gulls where communities recognise a problem and work together on the solution – to have a long term impact there needs to be a consistent approach over time.”
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A range of non-lethal measures are available, which include roof-mounted spikes or nets to deter landing and nesting.
For further information on dealing with nuisance gulls, including the legal position and further information on how to find pest controllers, is available at: bit.ly/GullsGuide