Please do not feed native birds or wild birds including seagulls and other sea birds.
Feeding them can be harmful to the birds and creates an environment which is unsightly and potentially hazardous to public health. Apart from creating nuisance conditions such as noise and swooping, the accumulation of bird droppings in the neighbourhood can be a precursor to health issues such as psittacosis, property damage and slip hazards.
Please ensure any food waste is wrapped and placed in rubbish bins when in public places - don't leave your hot chips for the birds!
Native and Wild Birds
All native birds are protected under the Wildlife Act 1975 and there are serious penalties for taking, harassing or injuring native wildlife. It is illegal to kill birds, destroy their nests or eggs without a permit or authority.
The Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) also discourages feeding native and wild birds.
Seagulls and other Seabirds
Seagulls traditionally nest offshore; however in recent years have increasingly migrated to urban areas, such as the Frankston Cental Activities Area (CAA). Seagulls are known to breed all year, but the peak breeding season occurs in Frankston from July to October each year.
The presence of seagulls in Frankston's city centre has a number of potential impacts, including:
- Blocking gutters and subsequent flooding
- Corroding metal roofs
- Amenity issues involving unsightly fouling of roofs, cars, and work and recreation areas
- Creation of slip hazards
There are a number of preventative measures available to help reduce the presence of seagulls, including:
- Removing egg and nesting materials from roofs in accordance with DSE permit requirements
- Frightening seagulls with speakers creating sounds that imitate 'birds of prey'
- Modifying roofs to remove potential nesting sites
- Prevent access with overhead line structures or nets
A DSE representative with particular expertise in the behaviour of seagulls has advised most of these methods only provide a short term solution. The exception is the use of appropriately fitted netting or line structures to prevent access to rooftops by seagulls.
Bird Swooping Season
As the managers of local parks and reserves, a key issue for many councils is public response to bird swooping season around August/September - particularly being contacted about removing 'nuisance birds' or seeking advice on what to do when there are swooping birds in the area.
The Swooping Campaign
An online 'Swoop Off' kit is available including:
- Top 10 Tips to protect yourself from swoop attacks
- A set of printable 'eyes' to stick on the back of helmets or caps; and
- A 'Beware: Swooping Birds in the area' poster
For information on native bird feeding and permits for nest removal contact Department of Sustainability and Environment on 136 186.
Frankston City Council
30 Davey Street
P. 1300 322 322
Council's 1300 322 322 is also the afterhours number to report emergency matters including dog attacks or threating animals.
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