As you’ve probably guessed if you’re a regular visitor to my blog, we absolutely adore living by the seaside. There’s always something to do, and being able to go for a walk down to the beach whenever we want is just the most amazing thing ever. We have been here for almost nine months now, and haven’t regretted it for a single second.
However, in the past couple of weeks, we have encountered our first real coastal living problem: seagulls.
I’ve always loved the sound of seagulls. They evoke memories of staying in a static caravan in Cornwall as a child, listening to the seagulls pottering about on the roof. Even now, I love the sound of them – it always reminds me how we are finally living the dream.
Until the damn things decided to nest on our bungalow roof.
To be fair, the neighbours had warned us for a while that we should keep an eye out, and maybe get some spikes put up on the roof just in case. We never quite got round to it, and now we have a mother seagull laying eggs just by our chimney. That’s not an issue in itself – but when the chicks are born, the adult seagulls can apparently get really aggressive and may well swoop into our garden and attack if they feel like their nest and young are being threatened. So far, they seem to be ok, and the nest is at the side of the house, so not by where we tend to go.
We have phoned a couple of roofing companies to see if they can help us out with the situation. We didn’t realise that by law, you cannot remove a seagull nest unless it’s a risk to public health, which these won’t be. We did find a couple of unscrupulous one man bands that were happy enough to bend the law (which we weren’t!) but were charging ridiculous amounts of money to do so. I guess they are cashing in on people’s fear of being attacked by seagulls.
We have no choice but to leave them up there this year and hope they are friendly. Graham has been out to buy some chicken wire type stuff to put up on the roof straight after they’ve gone, but next year, we will be having someone up to put preventative spikes along the roof before they come back to nest.
The problems with living by the coast, hey?