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Damn seagulls!

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Greg1983, Oct 4, 2014.

  1. Greg1983

    Greg1983 Busy Member

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    Had a pop in to the local shopping centre today and whilst passing our war memorial I see the usual flocks of flying rats "feral pigeons" when all of a sudden a large adult gull swooped in and takes out the pigeon! Then down comes its 2 young gull to eat its insides.. The shock on onlooking kids! Traumatised by its behaviour... These things should be shootable and taken care of! They are getting worse than feral pigeons around here.
     
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    Its just as bad own here, over the last few weeks as the farmers are ploughing there seems to be thousands of them in the fields.
     
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    I have also noticed that here, out shooting in the fields you see bigger flocks of seagull than flocks of pigeons or crows.. They have become more of a pest than pigeons in built up areas.
     
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    There is (or was) a type of gull on the license. Have a look!
     
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    seagulls are a total pain we get loads at work
     
  6. Greg1983

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    Yeah its a hazard for my job as a roofer, been attacked plenty, special in nesting season with the baby gulls close by they swoop for you... Had my fair share of being pecked in the back and on my head, usual take a stick up on the roofs when putting ridges on for self defence!
     
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    we`ve a guy with a hawk comes in to move on pigeons but he even shot a couple of seagulls who were dive bombing people
     
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    They can be vicious... They don't have any fear of people either! In the public sitting areas around the town centre they will swoop in and take food out of people hands... Or snatch from kids!
     
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    I'm in Bristol and they're more like eagles here! Absolutely massive and no fear at all. I've seen them attack and kill young seagulls outside the office, pigeons, even crows.

    Fascinating though you can see their intelligence in their eyes.
     
  10. mrs bl4de-rr1

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    Had this happen to me in St Ives, one swooped down and hit me on the back of the head and snatched my ice cream ! :mad:
     
  11. bl4de

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    They are on the General list: http://www.naturalengland.gov.uk/Images/wml-gl05_tcm6-24150.pdf

    LICENCE (General)
    To kill or take certain birds to preserve public health or public safety

    Issued under Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended) [“the Act”] Valid for the period 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2014 (inclusive) Valid in England (landward of the mean low water mark) Who may use Authorised persons only (see Definitions & Condition 12) Registration Users do not need to register to use this licence Recording & reporting None required Reference WML - GL05
    Overview of licence This licence permits landowners, occupiers and other authorised persons to carry out a range of otherwise prohibited activities against the species of wild birds listed on the licence. This licence may only be relied upon where the activities are carried out for the purpose of preserving public health or public safety, and users must comply with licence terms and conditions. These conditions include the requirement that the user must be satisfied that legal (including non-lethal) methods of resolving the problem are ineffective or impracticable.
    THE PURPOSE(S) FOR WHICH THIS LICENCE APPLIES 1. Subject to paragraph 2 and the licence conditions, this licence is granted to preserve public health or public safety.
    WHAT THE LICENCE PERMITS 2. For the purposes set out in paragraph 1 above, and subject to the terms and conditions, below, this licence permits: (i) Authorised persons to kill or take any of the wild birds listed at (a) and (b) below, to take, damage or destroy their nests or to take or destroy their eggs: (a) Crow Corvus corone Dove, Collared Streptopelia decaocto Gull, Lesser Black-backed Larus fuscus Jackdaw Corvus monedula Jay Garrulus glandarius Magpie Pica pica Pigeon, Feral Columba livia Rook Corvus frugilegus Woodpigeon Columba palumbus
    (b) Goose, Canada Branta canadensis Parakeet, Monk Myiopsitta monachus (ii) Authorised persons to take, damage or destroy the nests or to take or destroy their eggs of the species listed below: Gull, Herring Larus argentatus (iii) Authorised persons acting under subparagraph (2)(i) above: (a) to use a semi-automatic weapon;
     
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  12. Greg1983

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    Cheers for that info bl4de :D
     
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    The amount of damage they do offshore by s******g all over the platforms is unreal, most Oil companies spend a fortune pressure washing the rigs clean of the guano, we'd love to shoot the lot of them but can't.
     
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    I was sat on the seafront in Bridlington with my mate and his wife in the summer and couldn't believe it when a gull came down and tried to take his fish of the tray.
     
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    Just after that heavy rain shower last week i knew the rooks would be on the field worm pickin, took me quite a while to creep into position under hedge then just as i got set up a large flock of gulls dropped in and put the lot up, yes there a pain in the ass.
     
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    If I have read correctly, only the Lesser Black Backed Gull is regarded as a pest and legal to shoot?

    The most common gull usually seen (at least round these 'ere parts) is the aptly named "Common Gull", of which there are usually LOADS as they follow my local river up from the shore to find the local Landfill etc. It IS NOT on the list as far as I can tell! I *think* I also read on some website, (Can't remember which sorry) that they are thinking in the near future of removing the Lesser Black Backed Gull from the list too. Apparently the brown headed and black headed gulls were once on the list, but they have also been removed a long time ago and are no longer legal to control/shoot.

    I may well be incorrect about this, so don't take it as 100% until you do your own checks. It's only a "just in case" as you wouldn't want to shoot anything and have someone see you and report it etc and have that hassle no doubt :)
     
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    These are the breed that I am talking about, they are tough little b*****s!

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    Looking online I come across an article with images of some with cross bow bolts stuck in them! Guess some one had enough and striked back... One even had a bolt through its head and was still going on with its every day life!
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    Remember seeing a video a few years back of a great black backed gull swallowing a rabbit at one point just the two back feet were sticking out, but it got it down in the end, round here they spend all day on the land fill and all night on the lake.
     
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    This http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7ZY7e3XxEU
     
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    Have witnessed them a few times recently swooping down and taking rats off the street in broad daylight!

    Sometimes they are a welcome pest!
     

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