Friday 23 March 2018

WATCH: 'They can plop like mad' - George Lee gives RTE viewers advice on seagulls during news

George Lee during last night's broadcast. Photo: RTE
George Lee during last night's broadcast. Photo: RTE Newsdesk Newsdesk

It's that time of the year again, as seagulls are back in the headlines.

During last night's news, RTE's George Lee gave us some advice on how to keep Ireland's beaches clean.

The former Fine Gael TD was reporting from Merrion Strand on the state of beaches across the country after a report stated that six beaches have failed to meet minimum mandatory health standards for swimming.

"The EPA says there's a lot that people can do," Lee said while speaking to camera.

"Don't leave rubbish on a beach. Make sure you clean up after dogs and don't bury it in the sand and don't leave out food waste anywhere near beaches, because it encourages seagulls.

"We all know what they tend to do. They can plop like mad."

Skip to 2:05 in the below video to see for yourself.

The report went on to say that Brook Beach in Portrane, Co Dublin, and Clifden and Tra na bhForbacha beaches in Co Galway were detected in 2016 as having water quality which has deteriorated to below acceptable levels for swimming.

They join three other beaches than have remained on a "poor" quality list since the previous year - Merrion Strand in Dublin Bay, Loughshinny in north Co Dublin, and Ballyloughane in Co Galway.

Current information about bathing water quality is available from June to September on the national bathing water website,

A Twitter notification service, @EPABathingWater, is also available to provide incident alerts and information of interest to bathers.

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