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.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

SCHOOL GULLS ROW Dad pulls kid out of class after seagull attacks him on playground but RSPB tell teachers ‘you cant move nest’

STEVE Young, 35, was set upon by one of the birds as he collected sons Cobie and Kyle from school

8th July 2016, 12:33 pm

A DAD has removed his sons from primary school after he was attacked by a seagull in the playground.

Furious Steve Young, 35, was injured by one of the birds as it clawed the back of his head while he was collecting his two young sons from school.

The birds have nested in a patch of grass at Stranton Primary School in Hartlepool and Steve has said they are a danger to the kids.

He has refused to take sons Cobie Dent, five, and Kyle Dent, 10, back to school until the problem is resolved – but teachers say they are not allowed to move the birds nest.

Steve said: “Since the school holidays in May there has been a nest in the playground with an egg in it and two adult gulls.

“Now the egg has hatched. The gulls have a chick and are attacking anyone who walks past. I was attacked on Friday and the bird drew blood from my head.

“I was just walking on the playground to pick my sons up from school when it swooped down and clawed the back of my head.”

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