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Queens: Z

Zethar, Yr Wylan Gefnddu, Gwylan Gefnddu Fwyaf (Black-Backed Seagull: Goéland Marin)
(pron. ZETH-ahr) Cornish Goddess and word for Black-backed seagull. (73)

British Broadcasting Commission: Wednesday, 25 June, 2003, Seagull-attacked posties cover up: Dive-bombing birds have carried out a spate of attacks. Postmen and women in an Ayrshire town have been issued with protective headgear and are carrying sticks after attacks by dive-bombing seagulls. Residents say the aerial assaults in Kilmarnock are getting so bad they want the Scottish Parliament to come up with a pest-control solution. A petition about the birds will be handed in by Wellpark Residents Action Group to MSPs on Wednesday. It is claimed the gulls - which are a protected species - have been attacking people, staging noisy fights in the early hours of the morning and soiling cars and buildings. Postman Adam MacLean, along with his colleagues, was issued with helmets and sticks to fend off the flying attacks when the birds were breeding last season. He said: “They are vicious, if you don’t duck you will definitely get hit. They are attacking dogs and cats as well. People around here are taking their dogs and cats in.” One resident, Derek Ford, said that during the last two years he has been struck five times - twice while on his motorbike. The town’s herring gull and greater black backed gull population has been steadily increasing in recent years. In Scotland, there are estimated to be 10,000 nesting pairs which at this time of the year often become aggressive to protect their young. A number of deterrents have been tried in communities across Scotland - from live hawks to plastic owls, de-nesting and the spiking of chimney stacks. But these only move the problem around. Research pledge Jane Overton, secretary of the Wellpark Action Group. “The only thing a community can do to protect themselves is to displace the problem to another community. That is why we felt the issue should be brought to the attention of the Scottish Parliament. It needs to be looked at in a national dimension.”. Experts say the best solution is to cut off the gulls food supply by controlling litter. Scotland, Gulls are gonna get you: 27 Jul 01, Seagull savagery blamed on breeding: 12 Jul 01

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