‘We’re too scared of going into our gardens for fear of being attacked by seagulls!’

‘We’re too scared of going into our gardens for fear of being attacked by seagulls!’

by Tom Martin (June 2022)

RESIDENTS in a street in Crosby say they are scared to go on their back lawns for fear of being attacked by seagulls after a chick settled in one of the gardens!

One resident said they are ‘living in fear’ after a seagull chick settled in one of their gardens and they can’t go outside now without being  attacked by its protective parents.

One person told the Champion that her  neighbour said a chick had hatched on their roof but somehow fell into the garden, where it then settled.

Its protective parents are constantly circling nearby and even neighbours risk being attacked whenever they go into their back gardens.

This could be the case for a while longer, with residents told by the RSPB that it can take between 6-8 weeks for the chick to fly.

Staff at The Liver Gulls, a Liverpool-based Seagull Rescue and Rehabilitation charity said that if a chick is nearby then its parents “will see humans as a threat.”

They advised that the residents could either have the chick “professionally removed” or if not, the locals are told to “leave the house with an umbrella.”

An elderly resident who lives next door to the seagull chick  told the Champion: “I feel like a prisoner in my own home!

“I can go out the front, but if I go in the back I risk being attacked.

“My neighbour tried to go into his garden and ended up with holes in his head from the seagulls!

“The gulls are permanently circling round and never too far away.

“They are just being good parents and looking out for their chick.”

The Liver Gulls told the Champion: “The gull parents, are all about protecting their chick and can see humans as a threat.

“We do suggest people leave the house with an umbrella if they feel under threat.

“We suggest having the nest professionally removed after the gull family have moved on for the season.

“The property owner may also want to add humane bird deterrents to prevent them nesting on the house next season.

“The situation can be intimidating to some people, they are large birds.

“We suggest working with a wildlife team to assist the vulnerable gull chick.

“Some people are willing to share their garden with the gulls until they move on, it is only a matter of weeks.

“Other than nesting season they tend to stay well away from humans unless starving and searching for food.”

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