The association representing businesses in downtown Sidney applauds plans by the town to deter sea gulls from the area. A 2018 report found the birds can pose several problems for Sidney, including “unsightly, smelly feces.” (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Business owners applaud plans to flush seagulls out of downtown Sidney

Town of Sidney plans to bring forward “budget item for consideration” to deter seagulls

The association representing businesses in downtown Sidney applauds plans by the municipality to deter seagulls after announcing staff will bring forward a“budget item for consideration” to deal with the problem.

Morgan Shaw, executive director for the Sidney Business Improvement Area Society, said her organization is pleased council will consider budgeting resources in 2020 to help deal with this problem.

“We fully support the Town’s decision to tackle beautification issues as time, money and human resources allow,” she said. “This includes the issue of seagull mess on our sidewalks and buildings.”

A 2018 report found the birds can pose several problems for Sidney, including the “transmission of disease and parasites, unsightly, smelly feces, damage to metal surfaces by corrosive feces, potential obstruction of drains by nest debris and feathers, aggressive behaviour toward humans with food and to building managers, and issuing loud, screeching calls at all times of the day and night.”

RELATED: Victoria firefighters free ensnared seagull

RELATED: New approach to Ogden Point seagull saga aims to deter birds

Sidney had commissioned the report after receiving several complaints.

Morgan said BIA has received relatively few complaints this year. “[But] we know from our members, that visitors frequently express concern,” she said.

It is not yet officially clear how much money Sidney will dedicate to deterring gulls. Morgan said her organization has two primary concerns when it comes to dealing with the problem. First, sea gulls make Sidney’s streets less attractive,” she said.

“[Sidewalks] and cars littered with seagull poop certainly detract from the attractiveness and cleanliness of the Town,” said Morgan. “The second issue of concern to the Sidney BIA is the nesting of seagulls on commercial buildings. While this is largely the responsibility of commercial property owners of those buildings, it may be possible, longer-term, for [council] and property owners to collaborate to initiate strategies to deter seagulls from nesting on our rooftops.”

Morgan said Sidney BIA members already clean the sidewalks in front of their shops and keep their windows clean as well, but certainly not all.

She said solutions to the problems are not entirely straightforward. “[We] are, after all, a seaside town and seagulls come with the natural environment,” she said. With limited resources, the best solutions appears through collaborations between Sidney and commercial property owners.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

wolfgang.depner@peninsulanewsreview.com

Just Posted

U.S. student killed in Bamfield bus crash remembered as ‘kind, intelligent, talented’

John Geerdes, 18, was one of two UVic students killed in the crash on Friday night

MLA Andrew Weaver thins workload after illness, full recovery expected

BC Green Party leader felt symptoms at a public event in Langley, and was taken to hospital

UPDATE: One man dies in Saanich collision

Police are asking people to avoid the intersection at Cumberland and Union roads

Oak Bay approves subdivision for lot that houses Maclure-designed heritage home

Mansion-style Blair Gowie house famous for its design and historical connection with Butchart family

Malahat truck crash cleared but over 200 still without power

Hydro poles taken out in Monday afternoon crash

VIDEO: Liberals make child care pledge, Greens unveil platform on Day 6 of campaign

Green party leader Elizabeth May unveils her party’s platform in Toronto

B.C. forest industry looks to a high-technology future

Restructuring similar to Europe 15 years ago, executive says

RCMP conclude investigation into 2017 Elephant Hill wildfire

Files have been turned over to BC Prosecution Service

B.C. wants to be part of global resolution in opioid company bankruptcy claim

Government says settlement must include Canadian claims for devastation created by overdose crisis

Two Nanaimo residents share $5-million Lotto 6/49 prize

Jesse Logan and Teresa Winters Day matched all six numbers in Aug. 21 Lotto 6/49 draw

Island campground on the chopping block as ALC deadline looms

Owners fighting to continue facility’s operation, with a huge outpouring of support

B.C. ends ‘birth alerts’ in child welfare cases

‘Social service workers will no longer share information about expectant parents without consent’

Free Tesla 3 offered with purchase of Surrey townhome

Century Group’s offer for Viridian development runs through Oct. 31

Most Read