Advice about dealing with gulls in Edinburgh

Gulls can be a nuisance at this time of year during the nesting season in terms of noise and pulling rubbish out of bins. Environment Convener Councillor Lesley Hinds offers some advice about how to deter them.

Cllr Hinds said: "There have been a lot of comments lately about problems that people are having thanks to gulls, which can be extremely noisy and messy at this time of the year.

"It sounds obvious but feeding gulls should not be encouraged, it will simply attract them to what will be seen as a regular food source.

"Whenever possible, please remember to use bins and recycling units to dispose of rubbish, to close bin containers fully and to only put bagged waste out on the day it is due for collection.

"The Modernising Waste scheme is in its final phase at the moment, with communal bins and gull proof bags replacing the traditional black sacks in Edinburgh's World Heritage Site.

"Some households place deterrents onto roofs such as fake birds - specialist companies offer choices such as this.

"Finally, information about how to control gulls and other pests is available on the Council website."

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