RSPCA issues advice after seagull trapped in netting in Newhaven dies

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An animal charity issued advice about the dangers of netting for seagulls after a seagull sadly died following a rescue when it was reported trapped.

The RSPCA, Sussex Police and East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service attended the incident in Avis Way on Tuesday May 14.

Seagull rescue, Newhaven

Seagull rescue, Newhaven

The gull could not be saved despite the best efforts of rescue workers and had to be put to sleep.

Netting can be used on buildings to deter birds from roosting or nesting there.

The RSPCA said: “When done properly, such proofing methods can provide a long-term alternative to lethal control.

“If a bird becomes trapped behind netting, the owner of the building/construction site where the netting is situated should be informed.

“They should then take action and contact whoever erected the netting, as they will be responsible for ensuring it is appropriate for proofing in that location.

“They will also need to carry out regular maintenance checks of the netting to prevent birds becoming injured or trapped.

“Netting used in gardens or over ponds can be a hazard to wild animals.

“Take care to ensure that it has a mesh size of at least 4cm to reduce the risk of animals becoming entangled or trapped in it. Any netting that is not in use should be stored away or disposed of with other litter.”