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Colchester: Noisy seagulls flee - for now
SQUAWKING seagulls that were giving residents sleepless nights have flown elsewhere.
However it may not be the end of the problem for people living in Myland, Colchester, with the threat of a hawk to scare the birds off not being ruled out either.
In July residents said hundreds of the pesky birds hovering near their homes was making their lives a misery.
The seagulls nested in an empty building overlooking nearby Severalls Lane last year.
That was then occupied by packaging company Albea, but the birds came flocking back to the site.
A bird handler with a hawk had been brought in a bid to make the seagulls scarper when Albea was based at its previous site in Ipswich Road, Colchester.
An Albea spokesman said: “The problem will have now gone as the nesting period for seagulls has now finished and once the young have flown, the seagulls leave.
“Hawks are only effective before the nesting period starts in order for them to discourage the seagulls from coming back to their annual sites, this can take a number of nesting cycles before the seagulls find alternative sites and don't return at all.
“We are considering a number of options that are open to us with regard to the seagulls.”
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