Police Scotland warning about illegal removal of seagull nests and eggs in Moray
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Police Scotland has issued a warning to Moray residents about the illegal removal of seagull nests and eggs.
The force says that people are breaking the law if they act without the necessary permission.
A spokesperson said: "Numerous reports have been made to Police Scotland regarding the removal of Seagull nests and eggs within the Moray area without the relevant Nature Scot licences in place.
"Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 it is illegal to recklessly injure or kill any gull, or damage or destroy an active nest, or its contents.
"It is also illegal to prevent gulls from entering their nests.
"Moray residents (within selected areas) can notify Moray Council of any gull nests on roofs, via their online form on their website, or can call the dedicated contractor on 07564 768581.
"They can only assist with eggs.
"Once hatched, Moray Council cannot remove them.
"If members of the public are using other pest control agencies, then please ensure that a licence has been sought from NatureScot before any work is carried out.
"Advice and information about all wildlife crime can be found on our website."
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