Jewson taken to task over seagulls

Published:  22 July, 2010

ABERDEEN: Seagulls trapped in the exclusion netting on the roof of Jewson on Stell Road in Aberdeen prompted complaints from animal groups claiming the company took too long to deal with the problem.

Exclusion nets are an approved way of preventing birds from landing and nesting on a roof but can trap birds if poorly maintained. A spokeswoman for Jewson said the company erected the netting because the gulls were becoming aggressive towards customers and blocking gutters, which flooded the branch, located near the harbour and the River Dee.

She said: "Unfortunately, on a small number of occasions, birds have become trapped under this netting. We have now removed a third of the roof netting to enable trapped birds to free themselves. Sadly, a small number of birds are still being trapped and these are now being removed by pest control experts."

"This is a very difficult situation and we are committed to working to ensure that we manage it in a humane way on an ongoing basis," she said.

The Scottish Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) is investigating the problem. John Carle, SSPCA chief inspector said: "We have been in discussions with various personnel at Jewson and have advised them that they must maintain the netting properly and respond within a reasonable timeframe to any birds trapped within the nets.

"We understand that Jewson have arranged for their contractor to attend the site and release any trapped birds from the netting, and we will assist where necessary in the onward care of any injured birds. This is a historical problem which arises when exclusion nets are not properly maintained and checked," he said.

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