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Adam raises north-east gull problems at Scottish Parliament

By Alan Beresford

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THE issue of urban gulls, who have been tormenting residents in the north-east and Moray, has been raised in the Scottish Parliament today.

Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Karen Adam.
Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Karen Adam.

Coastal towns across the north-east are facing significant issues by gulls, from the noise they make, the damage to property, and aggressive behaviour toward members of the public during nesting season.

Recognising the issue, Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Karen Adam has sought to bring local authorities and relevant organisations together to tackle the problem. The MSP today brought the issue into the Scottish Parliament when she asked what the Scottish Government would do to help tackle the problem.

Ms Adam recently chaired a public meeting with representatives from Moray and Aberdeenshire council, ornithology and conservation organisations, and pest control specialists. The meeting was well attended by members of the public who were able to voice their concerns and seek action.

Ms Adam said: “The problem of urban gulls has been a significant issue along the north-east and Moray coast.

“I’ve been exploring every route available to me within my remit to tackle the problem head on. I recently organised and chaired a public meeting on the issue and have taken the action points from that meeting very seriously.

“That’s why today I was glad to take the issue straight to the Scottish Government, and highlighted one of the outcomes that panellists and members of the public raised.

“I’ve also taken further action today and written to both Moray and Aberdeenshire Councils about potentially streamlining the licensing process for pest control in regard to dealing with urban gulls.

“This is just the beginning in seeking tangible action, and I will do everything I can to help make that happen. It will be an incredibly tough challenge to get this under control but someone needs to try.”

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