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Sussex seagull rescues soar in bad weather
Young gulls are getting residents in a flap as they attempt to find their wings.
Animal groups say they are being swamped with calls from concerned residents about seagulls stuck in their gardens and on the roads.
Roger Musselle from Roger’s Wildlife Rescue in Downs Valley Road, Woodingdean, said he and his wife Fleur currently deal with 80 calls a day from residents about gulls in their gardens.
The number of calls has jumped significantly in 2012 with an increase of around a third on previous years.
A loss of the gulls’ natural habitat and food supplies had forced more and more birds to find homes on rooftops while the unseasonably wet and windy spring and summer had wrecked havoc with nests.
In the last eight weeks, Mr Musselle’s animal service has taken in 300 gulls including 211 juveniles.
Mr Musselle and his wife are currently working from 7am to 11pm just to keep on top of all the animals that they receive.
Herring gull numbers have halved in the last 40 years.
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