At this time of year Kent Bird Control Services receive a number of calls from people who find young seagulls in their garden or on low flat roofs.
These juvenile birds (Fledglings) are easily identified as they are grey/white in colour.
Do not be alarmed as this is a natural course of events as the young birds leave the nest and find their way in the world.
The chances are they are able to fly – or are learning to and are capable of finding food.
If the bird is very young (Nestlings) it may have fallen from the nest. There is little chance of nestlings making it back to the nest and little chance of survival as they need the warmth and protection of the parent gulls.
There may be an opportunity for you to return it but only if the parent bird is not present. That is highly unlikely though as they are very protective over their young.
Returning a bird to the nest may prove difficult as gulls often nest behind, or on top of chimneys.
You will need a ladder and a roof ladder. Be aware that adult seagulls can easily startle you if you attempt this.
Our best advice is to leave well alone. Do not be tempted to approach any young bird or feed it. The parent gulls will be watching.
As mentioned, seagulls are very protective of their young.
They can become aggressive and will swoop down. In some circumstances they will attack and will alert other gulls nearby with a distress call.
They will use their beaks, claws or wings to attack along with pooing or vomiting.
There have been a number of reports recently where a dog has been stolen by a seagull and people have been injured by attacking gulls.
Fortunately, these instances are rare and are magnified by the media when there is a story going.
In the case of a seriously distressed bird your local RSPCA branch may be able to help.
You can call them on 0300 1234 999 for advice.
To ‘future proof’ your property from invading gulls and the distress of seeing young gulls who might be in trouble we would advise that a gull cage is installed to protect the chimney, or we can install gull spikes behind the chimney.
The products we install are not designed to harm the birds but to deter them.
Contact Kent Bird Control Services if you need help or advice.