As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Friday, 29 January 2016

‘Advice only’ on Argyll and Bute bird nuisance

Argyll and Bute Council is to consider options for a 'bird control policy' to tackle the area's gull and pigeon nuisance.

Craig Borland
09:16Tuesday 19 January 2016

Proposals for an enhanced ‘bird control service’ to tackle the seagull nuisance in Rothesay and other Argyll and Bute towns look set to be rejected this week.

Instead members of Argyll and Bute Council will be asked to approve only an ‘advisory service’ in which property owners and the public will be told of measures they can take themselves to deal with the problem.

The issue is set to be considered at a meeting of the full council in Lochgilphead on Thursday.

A report prepared for that meeting by the council’s regulatory services manager, Alan Morrison, reveals that in the last nine years more than half of all bird nuisance complaints received by the authority have come from the Bute and Cowal area.

Mr Morrison’s report also points out that roosting feral birds have also contributed to the poor condition of buildings renovated as part of Rothesay’s Townscape Heritage Initiative.


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