Seagulls (Herring Gull) and Nuisance & Seagull Information Leaflet


Herring Gull (Larus argentatus), Greater Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus), Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus Fuscus

The  Birdwatch Ireland Website has useful information on the Herring Gull 

Seagulls are protected and normally cannot be interfered with.  However The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage has made a General Declaration allowing for the removal of nests or eggs of three species of Gull in Balbriggan on the grounds of public health and safety.  A link to the NPWS page is here.  The derogation has been renewed for the past number of years.  Please check on the NPWS website for current details of the derogation

Outside the Balbriggan Area individuals can seek individual permission to remove gulls from the NPWS, there are no details are on the NPWS website on how to apply so those interested will need to make contact directly with them.  Contact details here

Seagulls are scavengers and attracted to food waste including waste stored in light plastic bags and proper disposal of food waste is recommended to stop attracting Seagulls and other vermin.

People should take advice from a specialist company before undertaking any deterrent measures or (if you are in the defined area of Balbriggan removing nests or eggs)

The Council has no responsibility or statutory obligations to control gulls and does not offer any practical assistance regarding gull deterrents or remove nests or eggs

We've prepared a leaflet to give you general information about seagulls in Fingal.

English language version

Irish language version