Wildlife groups among those attending Barrow seagull summit
Last updated at 11:36, Thursday, 05 September 2013
DIVE-BOMBING seagulls will be top of the agenda when a postponed summit finally gets under way next week.
Families and individuals who have been attacked by aggressive gulls, had their food swooped on and stolen or had their rubbish bags ripped open by the seabirds, have contacted Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock asking for action.
The MP arranged for wildlife experts, local authorities, residents’ groups and the Furness public to gather last week – but the meeting was postponed when parliament was recalled to debate Syria.
But the same parties will now convene in the Studio in The Forum, Barrow, on Thursday September 12 from 6pm with Mr Woodcock in the chair.
The Labour MP said: “We do need to respect bird life, but we also have a duty to maintain public safety and public health because the gulls have been menacing people in different parts of Furness. It will be good to get so many key people under one roof so the public will be able to find out what the experts have to say.
“Hopefully we can have a useful discussion and come up with an action plan.”
Joanna Brady, of Ramsgate Crescent, Walney, is the prime mover behind the Sick of Seagulls Facebook page which has attracted 2,654 likes.
She said: “I am glad that John has arranged the summit. Someone needed to do something. No-one wants to see people shooting birds, but someone needed to take action. The gulls know that they can attack humans for food and it’s just getting worse year after year.”
Representatives from Cumbria Wildlife Trust, BAE Systems, Natural England, Barrow Borough Council, Cumbria County Council and the Sick of Seagulls group have accepted invitations to attend. The gathering is open to the public.
First published at 11:34, Thursday, 05 September 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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Thats great news its about time that something was finally done hopefully. Something can be done to either reduce their Numbers or remove them from the town centre, BAE and places like Furness general hospital?