Council deploys UAV as eye-in-the-sky in battle against seagulls

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Drones have been recruited in Worcester to control the amount of nesting seagulls in the city centre.

UAVs cameras were flown over the high street to detect hard-to-reach gull nests.

The newly-discovered nests will be targeted as part of Worcester City Council’s work to control gull numbers in the city by replacing the birds’ eggs with life-like dummies, to bring down the numbers of chicks that hatch there.

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Councillor Joy Squires, chair of the city council’s environment committee, said: “The drones were able to reveal hard-to-find gull nests hidden between chimney pots or squeezed into narrow roof gullies.

“We would never have been able to spot these nests from the ground, so to get a bird’s eye view is enormously helpful as we increase our efforts to control gull numbers in the city.”

The drones were flown by an expert from Firefly Aerial Imaging, who went into action at 5am on Sunday June 17.

Since the programme began, the number of breeding pairs has fallen from 317 to 192.

Councillor Alan Feeney, vice chair of the environment committee, said: “Knowing where more gulls’ nests are hidden means that when it gets to breeding season next year we’ll be able to bring in a cherry picker to reach and treat even more of their nests.

“If fewer chicks hatch each year in Worcester, that means there will be fewer adult birds around to make noise, scavenge food and spread their droppings on our buildings and pavements.”

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