Gulls migrating to Moray school spark fears of troubles ahead

Fears being expressed over the safety of children at Elgin Academy

FEARS ARE BEING expressed that measures taken to drive nesting Seagulls away from an Elgin supermarket will result in them terrorising children at Elgin Academy.

Locals along Morriston Road say that the numbers of gulls descending on the school have increased noticeably since Tesco put in place netting to stop gulls from nesting on the store roof.

However, since that action was taken gulls have made the Academy’s flat roof their new home – prompting growing fears that by the time children return from the summer holiday the issue will be a great deal worse.

Now local councillor Patsy Gowans is urging Moray Council to take action in protecting the school: “Businesses like Tesco and Asda have addressed the problem – but issues with gulls are escalating.

“Residents from the entire circumference of the school have come to me with complaints about the birds. I have had them pecking at my bag in the town when it has not even had food in it – they are just that brazen.

“The gulls can be frightening and the council needs to ensure the Academy children are safe.”

A Moray Council spokesman said that the local authority were aware of the situation at the Academy, saying that they are currently looking at what options are available to them.

The growing problem with Seagulls nesting further inland is a national issue that has caught the attention of the Prime Minister in recent months. Mr Cameron had admitted that he was himself once harassed by gulls while on holiday, but insisted “I have not held it against the entire seagull population since”.

However, the Prime Minister recently called for a “big conversation” on the issue after gulls attacked and killed a pet tortoise in Cornwall and two further reports of dogs being attacked and killed in recent months.

When asked about the issue Mr Cameron said: “It is a dangerous one for the prime minister to dive in and come up with an instant answer with the issues of protection of seagulls – whether there is a need for a cull, what should be done about eggs and nests.

“I think a big conversation needs to happen about this and frankly the people we need to listen to are those who really understand this issue and the potential effects it is having.”