If you own or operate a business within the Central Business District there are many ways you can help discourage Seagulls from nesting and increasing in population.
Due to limited availability of natural habitat for nesting, Seagulls have been relying on flat open spaces like the roof of a tall building and the top levels of multi-deck carparks. Preventing access to these spots is the most effective solution.
Council encourages businesses to have any nests found on their buildings removed by a licensed wildlife handler with a Department of Sustainability and Environment permit at the end of the current breeding season. Once this has been done, you can organise a thorough clean of those areas. Council also encourage the removal of bird droppings from building surrounds around the same time. Organising a registered cleaner to sanitise the area will ensure that any scent left behind this breeding season will be gone.
Once the roof, flat surfaces and building surrounds have been sanitised, businesses can invest in appropriately fitted roof exclusion system to prevent future access to their premises.
An effective well designed roof exclusion system is:
- Made with UV stabilised material
- Taut and checked regularly to maintain tension
- Installed by experience contractors who guarantee their structures
- Allows easy access for rooftop maintenance
- Eliminates access to the roof by seagulls
The ineffective and inhumane use of roof exclusion structures is in breach of State Government legislation and is an offence under the Wildlife Act 1975.
Another option which can be in addition to roof exclusion structures is the installation of a UV exclusion system on your roof. The birds don’t like the UV light emitted from the system and will be encouraged to look elsewhere for nesting and breeding spots.
Ensuring best practice when it comes to disposing of any food waste your business might have is also a vital part of discouraging Seagull nesting. If the food supply is limited, the Seagulls will relocate to a space that has better food provisions for them, their young and future young. This can be done by ‘feeding the bins, not the birds’ and ensuring that bins are securely covered, enclosed and not overflowing.
Removing leftovers from yards, the street and restaurant tables as quick as possible will also assist with limiting their food supply.
If you see any businesses not following best practice, you should report the details to Council for investigation.
Seagulls Factsheet - Advice for Building Owners/Businesses - 652KB