‘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.

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

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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.

His report says that a full bird control service could only be provided at a high cost, and points out there is no existing budget for such a service.

Instead the report says the council should “provide an advisory service only, principally through on-line guidance, to property owners and the public on measures they can take to deal with bird nuisance affecting their own property or area”.