Tuesday 23 May 2017

'A strategy is needed' - Senator reveals new idea to battle 'aggressive seagulls'

Lorraine Clifford-Lee says issue has reached crisis levels in towns like Balbriggan

Lorraine Clifford-Lee says issue has reached crisis levels in towns like Balbriggan. Stock image
Lorraine Clifford-Lee says issue has reached crisis levels in towns like Balbriggan. Stock image
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

LASERS should be used to deter “aggressive seagulls” from nesting in urban areas, the Seanad has heard.

That’s according to Fianna Fáil senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee, who today claimed children and older people have been attacked in some of Dublin’s coastal towns.

She told colleagues that seagulls need to be “discouraged” from nesting in urban areas.

Ms Clifford-Lee, who narrowly missed out on a Dáil seat last February, said she is not in favour of extreme measures such as a cull on seagulls.

But she said scientists in the UK have examined the use of lasers to tackle the issue.

“The lasers are harmless screening devices and are not designed to injured the birds,” Ms Clifford Lee said.

She cited the fall in fish supplies as a factor in seagulls nesting in towns rather than cliffs.

Balbriggan, which has a population of 26,000 approximately, has seen the problem become worse in recent years.

“A strategy is needed,” Ms Clifford Lee said, adding that she has raised the issue with Minister Heather Humphreys.

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