Environmental Board gets reports of aggressive seagulls ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

Seagull Steven
Seagull Steven Source: Siim Lõvi/ERR

In recent weeks, the Environmental Board (Keskkonnaamet) has received many reports of aggressive seagulls. Gulls nesting under the eaves protecting their chicks can also attack humans.

According to Jan Siimson, chief specialist of the hunting and aquatic life bureau at the Environmental Board, the aggression of seagulls during nesting time is a very common, perennial problem. 

"Or it can be the case that ahead of construction work nests are found, and then there will be problems during the work with the seagulls and their nests," he told the "Aktuaalne kaamera" on Thursday. 

"This problem starts from the end of May and if these reports continue to be frequent, it can last until the end of June," Siimson said. 

The Maritime Academy (Mereakadeemia) also has a seagulls issue, where birds have been intimidating people in its courtyard. 

Daily Lehtmets, the academy's head of communications and marketing said: "We had a couple of seagull diving incidents here where a few people felt threatened, so the administration asked the Environmental Board what preventive measures we might be able to take next year."

Early detection and removal of seagull nests will help prevent conflicts later. If the eggs are already inside the nest, by law they must not be taken under the nest as stated in the Nature Conservation Act. In order to keep the seagulls away, the search for nests should start at the beginning of April, i.e. before the eggs get laid.

Siimson said the nests are mainly on the roofs of houses and the beginnings of a nest must be removed before the birds get the chance to lay their eggs.

"In that way, the bird receives a signal that it does not have a suitable place to nest and the problem is solved. " 

However, if aggressive birds have already arrived, it is important to have something to hand to hold over one's head in order to stave off an attack, as the birds will attack the highest point.

"For example, if you have an umbrella to hand or any other item that can be raised up in the air," Siimson said. 

Juvenile gulls start learning to fly around the end of June. After that, the problem is generally ends for another year.

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