They're driving us mad, with their noise.
Anyone had great success in deterring them from their property ?
I see this guidance on Argyll and Bute Council site :
Guidance on the law when dealing with herring gulls
The Council has no statutory duty to take action against gulls.
The law says it is illegal to capture, injure or destroy any wild bird or interfere with its nest or eggs, this includes Herring Gulls. The penalties for disregarding the law can be severe.
However, it is recognised that there are particular circumstances, for example to protect public health and safety, where the Scottish Government and Scottish National Heritage can issue licenses defined in wildlife legislation.
Only the owner or occupier can take action where Herring Gulls are nesting on their property or they can give someone else permission to act on their behalf.
Any action taken must be humane and the use of an inhumane method would be illegal. The use of poisons or drugs to take or kill any bird is specifically prohibited except under very special circumstances and again under specific license.
Control of gulls
Controlling gulls is extremely difficult if there is no evidence that the presence of gulls is affecting public health, air safety or public safety.
There are various methods of controlling gulls within the constraints issued by the Scottish Government and Scottish National Heritage.
Best methods for controlling gulls are:
Proofing - includes the use of spikes, nets or wires. This is the only sure method of preventing birds from nesting on buildings.
Education – Gulls are opportunistic and will scavenge waste bins and look for food. It’s important that the public are made aware that gulls are attracted to areas where food is plentiful.
Don’t feed gulls at home or areas such as parks and other open spaces.
Ensure litter and other food waste is properly stored and/or disposed of using the bins provided.
Put waste (particularly food waste) out for collection on the day of collection and not the night before.