0 Gull menace at cricket ground

Somerset cricket fans get upset by the odd batsman's duck at Taunton's County Ground.

But head groundsman Phil Frost has been stumped by marauding gulls that have caused more than £10,000 of damage to covers used to protect the pitch.

And the mess and stink they leave has him struggling to keep his breakfast down some mornings.

"For the last seven seasons, we've battled against the gulls with no help," said Mr Frost, who has won the game's top groundsman award several times.

"They've continually wrecked our flat covers, with damage being in excess of £10,000.

"Some mornings the stench and mess is stomach turning - with this year the worst ever."

Taunton Deane Council recently announced its gull cull programme in Taunton town centre had been "100% successful".

They tricked gulls into sitting on dummy plastic eggs placed in their nests instead of the real thing, leading to many flying off to other areas.

Mr Frost said: "Can the council now come to our area and clear the gulls as it's been so successful in the town centre?"

A spokeswoman said the council treats flat, easily-accessible roofs in the town centre and would probably be unable to access gulls nesting in the County Ground.

She added: "We'd advise the club to employ a private contractor with the appropriate equipment to proof the areas where the gulls are nesting or have the eggs removed next spring/summer.

"They may also wish to know that the problem is due to an available food source - food left in stands, for example."

source:-Somerset County Gazette

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