Gull Problems

Many people find gulls to be a nuisance for a number of reasons with the main ones listed below :

  • Noise from raucous calls and squabbling start at dawn and go on all day
  • Mess caused by their droppings fouling washing, cars, gardens, people and walkways
  • Litter strewn from bins as they scavenge
  • Damage to property and corrosion of vehicles and attacks on people and pets

Local Authorities have no statutory duty to take action against gulls, but recognise the role they can take in trying to help communities deal with the impact gull colonies cause in town centres during the nesting season which occurs between April - July.  For more information on what Worcester City Council working with WRS have done to date and propose to do click here.  However, there are limitations on what action can be taken.

Due to a legal challenge by Wild Justice, DEFRA have revoked the general licence relating to how the Council can control the impacts of herring gulls and lesser black backed gulls.  This is the licence under which the Council and its contractor carries out egg  replacement.  DEFRA has indicated it would be reissuing this licence over the coming days and it is anticipated that it will continue to cover the majority of circumstances previously covered by the revoked licence to ensure that action can be taken to protect public health and safety whilst taking into account the needs of wildlife.

Customers should continue to contact WRS and register their interest for egg replacement or advice  and further updates will be provided on this page when the general licence is reissued by DEFRA.  Further information can be found at the following link: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/797975/natural-england-general-licence-position-statement.pdf

Click here for more information on what you can do to reduce the impact the gull population has on you, your home and/or business.

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General Customer Enquiries -
Please contact us on:
Email: enquiries@worcsregservices.gov.uk
Telephone: 01905 822799

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Wyre Forest House
Finepoint Way
Kidderminster
Worcestershire
DY11 7WF