The RSPCA has come to the aid of a nesting gull based in a busy car park in Llandudno.
An officer from the charity was alerted after reports of an injured gull in the car park of Parc Llandudno in North Wales.
However, the animal welfare charity attended – on 9 June – to find the gull had built a nest containing an egg on a raised island separating four parking spaces.
The car park is very busy – and RSPCA officers were concerned for the gull and egg, so worked with security staff at Parc Llandudno who agreed to tape off the area to try and keep people and the gull separated.
Under the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981, gulls’ nests are protected while under construction or in use and it is an offence to restrict access to a nest that is being used, unless under licence. It is also an offence to take or destroy the egg of a gull, except under licence.
Between the months of May and July, RSPCA Cymru advises leaving gulls alone until the breeding season is over; and then take preventive action to ensure they do not return. The charity produces a fact sheet on living safely alongside gulls.
RSPCA animal collection officer Will Galvin said: “I arrived at Parc Llandudno to find a young gull nesting over an egg, in a very busy car park. The gull was clearly a little frightened and members of the public understandably curious.
“Thankfully, staff were really helpful in agreeing to tape off the area and keep the gull and the public at a safe distance.
“Gulls are amazing animals – but living alongside them can present some challenges. Our fact sheet aims to help people live safely alongside these wild birds.
“We urge people in North Wales and beyond to leave gulls alone during breeding season, and then seek humane preventative measures to ensure they do not return to problem areas in the future.”