Peterhead hawk patrols hailed as a flyaway success

Henna the Harris Hawk
Henna the Harris Hawk

Peterhead’s Town Centre Project Officer has spoken of her delight following the first week of successful hawk patrols in the Blue Toon.

Heather Barclay, a former countryside ranger, has been present in Marischal Street for the past week alongside NBC Bird and Pest Solutions bird handler, Ian Davidson, and Harris Hawks, Storm and Henna, in a bid to scare off pesky seagulls.

Aberdeenshire Council called the pest control company to help deter the birds following claims the problem is worse than it has ever been.

Speaking to the Buchanie on Friday, Heather said: “We have not had any reports of seagull attacks in the past three days and people are eating in the town centre now.

“I think everyone feels it is safer to have a snack here without worrying that a gull will dive down and steal it.”

She revealed that Storm and Henna have become a talking point in the town: “A lot of people have stopped Ian in the street to ask about the birds as well as telling their own seagull horror stories, and add that they should take the hawks round to where they live.”

The hawks will be in town this Wednesday and Friday, and for one week after the schools have returned.

Heather added: “Feedback from the public has been very positive and people feel that there is a different atmosphere in the town centre, however we would like to remind everyone to prevent feeding the gulls as that will only encourage them to return.”