The wounded seagull – with a broken wing and an airgun pellet lodged in its chest –  plummeted down into a back garden in Llandough – and was too seriously injured to be saved

The RSPCA is now investigating what appears to be the deliberate shooting of a seagull as it flew over Summerland Crescent Penarth on Sunday June 10th.

In mid-flight, the bird’s wing was snapped by the airgun pellet and it plummeted down into the back garden of a local house

A seagull’s-eye-view of Summerland Crescent, Llandough – which may now be becoming a “no-fly zone” for marauding gulls

The householder contact the RSCPA who collected the seagull but found that “the extent of the gull’s injuries meant the bird had to be put to sleep to avoid further suffering.”  An air rifle pellet was retrieved from inside the cavity of the gull’s chest.

Now RSPCA Cymru is calling on anyone who may have witnessed the attack or have any other information, to get in touch with them to assist their enquiries.

Gemma Black, RSPCA inspector, said: “We received reports after a local resident on Summerland Crescent in Llandough heard three loud bangs, before a gull crashed down into the garden. We fear this was a deliberate attack – and the gull’s injuries were so severe that the poor thing had to be put to sleep to prevent further suffering.”

An early breakfast for seagulls outside St Paul’s Church at Arcot Street

Although seagulls are a protected species –  which it’s illegal to shoot – many householders  are fed up with having to endure the early morning calls of the birds, the excrement they deposit on windows and cars, and the litter created by gulls that go foraging in rubbish bags.

A Penarth postman is forced to duck and use his bundle of letters to fend off attacking gulls. The birds are not allowed to be harmed or shot. Some people say it’s about time they were culled.

The birds are also known to threaten humans during the nesting season by flying low over people they perceive to be coming too close to them and can deliver painful pecks with their sharp beaks . Some Penarth postmen have had to fend them off whilst delivering letters to properties unfortunate enough to have seagulls nesting on the roof  .

The RSPCA is asking any witnesses to the Llandough shooting to call them on0300 123 8018.

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  1. Lesley Monger says:

    All weapons should be banned including air rifles
    Who would do such a cruel thing?
    Next time it could be a child!

    • Philip Rapier says:

      There would be no “early breakfast for seagulls in Arcot Street” if the recycling of kitchen waste rules were followed correctly and rotting meat and vegetables were not not placed in black bags by careless people..
      This Kitchen waste is sent to the Cowbridge Compost Heap (no intentional pun or irony suggested ) for collection by the farmers free of charge. Thus helping to keep locally grown and farmers market food prices down.
      Simple choice really cheaper food or messy streets a matter of personal choice I suppose.

      • flowerpower says:

        Doesnt go to cowbridge compost any more. council have changed their contract and theres no free compost.

  2. Chris David says:

    “Man” made problem again. Gulls- mainly Lesser Black Backed and Herring kept to coastlines and small islands until “we” started forming huge open rubbish dumps. That brought them inland and now that’s partly their natural habitat.

  3. Lesley Monger says:

    They were here before us
    We’ve ruined enough natural habitats
    Let them live in peace and ban guns!!!!!

  4. Hypocritical RSPCA says:

    Seagulls kill other smaller birds, how cruel! Don’t hear the RSPCA or RSPB shouting about that one. They even attack and kill their own kind
    These are nothing more than flying rats, which should be controlled, they have been left alone too long.
    We can put down rat poison which causes a painful death to rats so why not seagull poison?
    I don’t get why people are so upset by the welfare of only certain creatures.
    What next, ban fly and wasp spray because it causes harm to flying creatures or don’t they count as they are too small to care about!

  5. Lesley Monger says:

    I’m personally not upset about certain species but care about all
    In my garden tiny feather less chicks have been pushed out of their nests either by their parents or siblings
    These things happen but guns all guns are bad news!

  6. Jonathan Livingstone says:

    It’s undoubtedly a plan by Labour-run VoG Council, in cahoots with Stephen Doughty, to train seagulls to dump on Penarth. I bet they’re even coached to avoid cr***ing on the Police Commissioner’s house. Where’s Andrew Arty Davies, AM for Penarth, when you need him?

  7. Bored Ben says:

    It was probably “Racist Mark”. He’s the sort you need to watch out for.

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