Where have all the seagulls gone?
Bosses at Cory Environmental, who operate Hempsted Tip, are to be congratulated this week after reports emerged that a Falconer has driven off an estimated 60,000 gulls with his birds of prey.
An estimated 60,000 gulls have disappeared from the tip after Cory employed falconer Dave Tonks to get rid of them.
The falcon strategy has been running alongside Gloucester City Council's programme, since 2003, of oiling eggs to prevent baby gulls from hatching.
Mr Tonks has been unleashing his birds at the tip seven days a week for the last year.
He says that the gull population has been reduced from tens of thousands to just a handful.
(ABOVE) Before the falconer unleashed his birds
He has also been using birds of prey to scare and dispatch gulls nesting in Brunswick Square at the request of a local housing association.
What Punchline would like to know is – where have these 60,000 gulls gone and when Mr Tonks finishes his work at the tip, will they simply move back and continue scavenging where they left off?
We reckon they have moved into the city centre as the seagull activity this year seems worse than ever.
(ABOVE) After falconer has visited
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