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In some parts of the country it's not Covid that is causing problems...

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Morninglover, Sep 22, 2020.

  1. Morninglover

    Morninglover Star commenter

    ...it's a lone maverick seagull!!

    Angry seagull terrorizing Minster, Thanet, injures primary school pupils and staff

    A head teacher says his school is being held hostage by a renegade seagull which attacks children and has left members of staff with facial injuries.

    Paul McCarthy, who runs Minster Church of England Primary School, in Minster admits they feel helpless, with the only advice they've been given to carry umbrellas to ward off attacks.

    https://www.kentonline.co.uk/thanet...nd left members of staff with facial injuries
  2. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    Why doesn't he just get someone with a shotgun licence in to kill it? It's just one gull that's learned to get food by attacking children. You can get a licence to do that if the gull is physically attacking people.
    lexus300 and nizebaby like this.
  3. sbkrobson

    sbkrobson Star commenter

    Well in that case they've been speaking to the wrong people. They need to start by assuming this poor gull actually has the best intentions and simply requires a mate. The introduction of another seagull to partner up and assuage his aggression will soon put a stop to the swooping.
    After all, one good tern deserves another.
    EmanuelShadrack, chelsea2 and nomad like this.
  4. Morninglover

    Morninglover Star commenter

    Shotgun licence in the middle of a town? May not be easy. The article does go on to say:

    "The RSPCA informed us that we should carry umbrellas, which for a school wasn't a very practical piece of advice

    "As yet we have hit a dead end in getting any support for this."

    Mr McCarthy says due to Covid-19 it is imperative that children can space out and distance at playtimes and lunchtimes.

    "If this wasn't tricky enough to manage with 400 pupils, I have then had this seagull putting a massive spanner in the works limiting the areas that we can play with relative safety," he said.

    "It seems crazy that a seagull is effectively holding the school hostage and that we can do nothing about it."

    It it understood the seagull is a juvenile and had been hand-reared in the village, but is no longer being fed, causing it to become aggressive.

    Wendy Vinson, who also works at the school, is urging people to report any incidents to Minster Parish Council so something can be done.

    The parish authority says it has received reports but doesn't have the power to take action.

    "We have reported it to Thanet District Council to see if they can advise on whether anything can be done," a spokesman said.

    "It's been in people's gardens and in the school grounds.

    "It seems to be moving around the same area."

    Thanet council confirmed it has received a report about the seagull.

    "There is nothing that TDC can do directly regarding seagulls attacking school children or other residents," a spokesman said.

    "We do not undertake culls of bird populations in Thanet as this is largely ineffective, but we can recommend specialist pest control services to individuals or groups experiencing problems in particular areas.

    "The responsibility for the children's health and safety rests with the school whilst the children are there.

    "If the children are eating their lunches or snacks in the playground, this is a potential source of interest for the seagulls that may be coming down to steal food.

    "If this is the case, the school would need to take measures to remedy this which it seems that they are doing.

    "In terms of practical help for Minster residents and the school, there is general information on the TDC website about seagulls, pest control and the law.

    "With regards to seagulls at this time of year, I understand that methods for removing nests, bringing gulls down from roofs and hawking are all possible options when undertaken by a licensed pest control contractor."

  5. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    Natural England have stopped issuing licences to cull gulls.

    A teaspoonful of calcium carbide inside a ball of bread should teach it who is boss.
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  6. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

  7. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

  8. Wotton

    Wotton Lead commenter

    This happened in my old school. The seagulls nested on the flat roof around the reception classes outdoor area and attacked the children when they went out.
  9. maggie m

    maggie m Lead commenter

    I worked in a school near the Thames estuary. In my first week I had break duty in one of the playgrounds which had buildings on three sides.Seagulls were sat on the roofs. When the warning bell went 5 minutes before the end of break a colleage grabbed me and said "inside, you'll see why. " When the second bell went it was like a scene from the Birds. Scary stuff.
  10. lexus300

    lexus300 Star commenter

    An air rifle would be sufficient.

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