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PHOTOS: New Anti-Seagull Spikes For St Ives

PHOTOS: New Anti-Seagull Spikes For St Ives

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 10:41am 5th July 2016.

St Ives is cracking down on nuisance seagulls.

The town has invested in new gull deterrents for the summer.

St Ives Business Improvement District and the St Ives Town Council have collaborated to invest in additional anti-seagull 'spikes' around the town.

Officials say that they are not painful, but a brush-like collection of very fine wires protruding from a sturdy plastic base designed to discourage herring gulls from landing.

Strips of these are placed along rooftop ridges, around chimneys and on lamp posts in seaside towns across the UK.

Last year in St Ives, spikes were installed on top of hanging baskets along the wharf. In 2016, this has been extended to include lamp posts, a vantage point from which the gulls can swoop on unsuspecting tourists.

Feedback following the installation of the extra spikes has been positive from food retailers, and has already had a noticeable impact on incidents of food-swiping by gulls, according to bosses.

Anti-seagull spikes installed in St Ives 3


Carl Lamb, St Ives BID manager, said: "The gull issue in the town has been ongoing for many years, and from the moment the BID came into existence it has been a priority campaign for us. This is just one of a number of measures we've rolled out and we'll continue to consult experts and explore avenues to alleviate the situation in the town.

"The aim of the spikes is to reduce the high vantage points on which the gull can land, giving less scope to swoop down and take and food, or disturb tourists. The feedback has already been extremely positive, and we're certain, along with the recent signs we installed and new measures in the pipeline, we are tackling the problem at a grassroots level."

Earlier in the year, the BID team installed the 'Beware the Gulls' signs throughout the town which also ask visitors not to feed the gulls.

Anti-seagull spikes installed in St Ives

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