Swooping seagulls shut down UK school’s recess


June 27, 2017

A school in Porthmadog, Wales, shut down its playground during recess and break times due to European herring gulls (Larus argentatus) swooping at children.

The primary school Ysgol Eifion Wyn is in “lockdown,” and parents fear having to pick up their children and exit their vehicle,¬†according to The Telegraph.

“They are swooping low and aiming at peoples heads,” said Dawn Jones, who has two children that attend the school. “The adults are worried about dropping off and collecting their children and the children are becoming terrified to go to school. Even the staff have been attacked.”

The seagulls are nesting on the roof of the school, which is why it’s believed that their aggression is a form of protection for their young.

School officials have contacted the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the local government’s pest control division.

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