Aberdeenshire Council has issued advice to residents affected by seagull mess, noise and disturbance, following complaints.
Stonehaven has become a breeding ground for the birds, which are a protected species, and residents have become increasingly frustrated at the lack of action being taken to clean up the mess, and deter the birds from nesting on rooftops.
Aberdeenshire Council’s head of protective services and waste management, Ian Robertson, said: “Discussions are ongoing between Aberdeenshire Council and its preferred contractor Pro-Check on the available options for dealing with gulls in the short and long term. However, there is no known effective way of completely eradicating the prevalence of seagulls and dealing with the problem is not something which can be tackled solely by the council. There are a number of measures that can be taken by members of the public to reduce the effects of gulls and we encourage local residents to take steps in the spring to prevent nesting before the young birds hatch. We also discourage the feeding of gulls, ask that residents ensure that litter and food waste is properly stored and disposed of and recommend that waste is put out on the day of collection and not the night before.”
Further information on Pro-Check services and rates is available at www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/environmental/seagulls