Terror gulls turn garden into no-go zone

GULLS said to be terrorising two elderly women each time they go into the garden of their Cornish home may be protecting young, the RSPB said.

Nancy Bond and Gloria Prinn say they cannot use their garden or even hang their washing out following a number of onslaughts near their flat in Falmouth.

Ms Prinn told reporters she had her glasses knocked off during one incident. “I was hanging out my clothes. It just landed on me and glasses really went off,” she said. It was like a tonne weight on me. It was terrible.”

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Ms Bond said: “When we come out to go shopping the two big ones up there just come zooming over the top of you.”

The RSPB said gulls nesting on house roofs are most likely to be herring gulls and are probably protecting their young.

The charity said the problem should disappear when the gulls’ chicks have flown.

It said that, although gulls are protected, it is possible to get a licence to deal with nuisance birds.