Gulls And Boys Come Out To Play


Weird and Wonderful

Gulls and boys come out to play
10th August 2017

By Lloyd Lugsden

A primary school was on lockdown after its pupils were held to ransom by dive-bombing seagulls.

Schoolchildren were banned from the playground at least twice in one week for their own safety when
low-swooping herring gulls began targeting the heads of parents, teachers and children, it was reported in the Metro.

Parents with children at Ysgol Eifion Wyn primary school, in Porthmadog, Wales, believe the birds’ behaviour could have been down to maternal instinct. The gulls had nested on the school roof and it is believed they were swooping to pick up chicks that had fallen to the ground.

The situation had become so serious that parents were frightened to drop their own children off at school.

Parent Dawn Jones said: “The children have not been allowed to go out to play at break times for fear of injury to them.”
The mother-of-two, who said the children had been banned from the playground twice in the last week, said the birds caused problems last year as well.

Head teacher Carys Jones contacted the  RSPCA, RSPB, and pest control at Gwynedd Council and the chicks have now been removed.