Gulls - tackling the problem together


Gull looking down off buliding perch

Urban gulls create mess by scavenging food waste, spread their droppings on buildings and pavements and can be very noisy.

Gulls are attracted to areas where food is plentiful and where there are attractive nesting sites – like high, flat roofs. We can all play a part in tackling the problems they cause.

Things we can all do

  • Feed the bins, not the gulls – dispose of your waste food carefully and responsibly, when you’re at home or out and about
  • Ensure waste food is wrapped up before putting it in a litter bin or your home wheelie bin
  • Don’t leave waste food hanging out of a bin
  • Never drop your waste food on the floor
  • Don’t overfill your bin so the lid can’t close properly
  • Don’t feed birds in parks, open spaces or on the street
  • If gulls nest on your home or building consider action to stop them – spikes, nets and wires can all be effective. Find out more
  • At the end of the nesting season (usually September), if gulls have been using your home or building, remove all nests and nesting materials. This can discourage them from coming back the next year

Did you know?

  • Gulls are at their most aggressive and noisy during July and August when they are protecting and feeding their chicks
  • Typically, three eggs are laid in each nest
  • The majority of gulls in Worcester are lesser black backed or herring gulls
  • Adult gulls can live for over 30 years
  • Worcester City Council runs an egg replacement programme in the city centre, which helps control their numbers. Gulls’ eggs are removed and a realistic dummy is put in its place. The bird continues to sit on the fake egg, without laying a new one.
  • Since 2008 the number of breeding pairs of gulls in the city centre has fallen from 317 to 184