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SCIENTISTS SEEK SCARBOROUGH SEAGULL SOLUTION

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Scarborough BC is to contribute towards research aiming to find ways of reducing seagull populations on the Yorkshi...
Scarborough BC is to contribute towards research aiming to find ways of reducing seagull populations on the Yorkshire coast.

The Yorkshire Post (p8) reports that the council successfully persuaded the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to grant a unique narcotic bait in the early 1990s but the ministry refused to grant new licences after protests from bird lovers and concerns that people had been upset by seeing the drugged birds in the streets.

Now MAFF's central scinece laboratory is to carry out a research project on urban nesting gulls. The council will contibute towards the projecr and the laboratory has now found other sponsorship to fund the research package.

Roy Ayrton, the council's environmental health director, said that despite the research, the authority was 'continuing to press for a national strategy for dealing with gulls.'

In a report to the council's environmental health and control committee, Mr Ayrton said culling of the gulls introduced over 20 years ago resulted in populations dropping dramatically. 'Since culling stopped, rapid increases have occurred in these colonies,' he added.
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