A NUMBER of seagulls have managed to make their way inside a protective netting on the roof of the B&Q superstore in Barrow – with at least one dead bird clearly visible.
Members of the public have reported seeing distressed seagulls – a protected species, desperately attempting to find their way out of the netting.
One bird appears to have died and its body is visible from the road.
One female shopper contacted the Evening Mail to report she had seen a number of birds, which appeared to be distressed and trying to escape, on Saturday.
All species of gull in England and Wales are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
However, guidance from the RSPB states that “UK administrations can issue licences permitting nests to be destroyed or even birds to be killed if there is no non-lethal solution, and if it is done to prevent serious damage to agriculture, the spread of disease, to preserve public health and safety and air safety, or to conserve other wild birds”.
A spokeswoman for B&Q said: “We’ve installed bird netting on the roof of our Barrow in Furness store for the health and safety of our customers and colleagues. The netting is compliant with animal welfare regulations and we release trapped seagulls as a matter of priority.”
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