Desperately looking for help or advice here.
I live close to an industrial estate where gulls nest every year.
Despite many of my neighbours complaining every year, they've never bothered me and I enjoy them.
However, this year they have started attacking my cat in the garden.
My garden is cat proofed so my 2 cats are safe but also to ensure they aren't a threat to local wildlife
The gulls aren't just swooping, they are hovering and really having a go at him. And they are HUGE!
We've tried only letting them out with us close by, but it's now got so bad that my husband has ended up with a bruised eye from stopping one attacking the cat.
I'm now stuck indoors with 2 demented cats & a cat proofed garden that cost me a fortune to install.
Anything I can do? Or am I stuck with this until they leave in September?
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In reply to Germain:
In reply to Alan:
Sound advice from RSPBailey.
You will probably have seen my response to someone else, which you have responded to, and basically, with how we as a species live and lead our lives, we've made it more accommodating for gulls to thrive in the urban environment.
What I did say in my reply was: "its nature, particularly this time of year when many birds are trying to protect their young who will now be getting ready to venture out in the big bad world, safe as as possible.
And lets face it, if you have a family, you would do what you can to protect your children and give them the best start you can.
So does nature."
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In reply to PiciNic:
PiciNic said:Thanks all. You make an interesting point RSPBailey. And it's something I'd realised myself.
It can be very hard getting people to accept what is happening is nature.
On our neighbourhood forum, we have similar scenarios, as I'm sure a great many more will do, where people see their home as their private castle and for whatever reason, cannot/will not, accept nature has to fit in somewhere.
Currently, we're enjoying, and it is post Covid, a large number of people getting fascinated with spotting a fox in their garden, and the many different species of garden birds that visit.
The best way forward, but not necessarily the easiest, certainly not on the outset, is communication, and rather than dictating what is, talking to the neighbours, hearing their concerns and gently, when the opportunity arises, share the reality.
The art of convincing many, not all, folk is letting them think they're discovered it themselves.
In reply to Mike B:
As an animal and nature lover I've done what I can to enhance my little patch of nature - my garden.
My cats don't get to free roam, not just to protect them, but to protect the local bird population.
I have birds & squirrels visit all year round and have done my absolute best to make sure my cats can't harm them. Successfuly so far!
My pollinator friendly planting with a cat allergic to bee stings has been a challenge, I tell ya!
It's about finding a way to coexist with nature. Unfortunately, in the midst of a lovely housing estate we have a rat issue and a gull issue.
I despair at times seeing neighbours online, almost manically discussing using rat poison in their gardens for a rodent issue, but still putting out overflowing dustbins every week. And throwing out of date sausages out for the gulls.
Then the self same folks ranting about seeing a gull with a dead rat.
I seem to have ranted a bit myself now, sorry!
Oh how I wish I could negotiate with the gulls & explain my cats can't actually go anywhere, they'd probably be more rational than some of my fellow humans!
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