Herring Gulls (Seagulls)
Defence system options vary depending on the area, below are the most common defence systems used to deter the gulls from using your property.
Spikes – gull spikes are installed to the highest points of the property ie chimneys, ridge tiles etc
Cage off – these mesh installations are used when it is felt that a more robust defence system is needed in the more difficult to defend areas ie. behind and on top of chimneys
Post and wire system – this system is used for when clients require a more aesthetically pleasing defence against the birds. It is more often used on ridge lines and listed buildings.
Netting system – this system is more suited to flat roof areas as it guarantees that the gulls cannot access these areas.
Gull nursery clearances
Gull nursery clearances can legally be undertaken if the gulls pose a health and safety risk to you or members of the public however, you must attempt to prevent the gulls from being able to nest on the property, Gull nests, and their contents, cannot be cleared for any other reason.
If a gull nest is constructed on your property but you are happy for it to remain during that period it is recommended it be removed once it is no longer active, there is a risk of water ingress if a gull nest is left in an area where rain water cannot pass freely. *The great blacked-back gull can sometimes be mistaken for a regular gull, although there are distinct differences between the two : The great-blacked gull is noticeably larger than the herring gull and has a larger beak and black wings.