A teaching assistant who is attacked by swooping seagulls every time he leaves his house was told to use an umbrella as protection.

Tom Ellis, 29, is forced to shield himself from the birds after they nested just above his bungalow doorway in Prestatyn, Wales.

The gulls have now hatched two chicks and fiercely defend the nest every time Mr Ellis comes and goes.

When he called authorities to complain about the attacks after almost being hit in the head one day, he was advised to ‘use an umbrella’.

He said: ‘I can’t go out and enjoy the sun, my nieces and nephews can’t come and visit – especially with them attacking and swooping.

‘They are always there and the house behind has a nest on the roof too so they have me surrounded.

There are two chicks and a nest on the roof of Tom Ellis’ bungalow (Picture: Daily Post Wales)



‘They have attacked several times, narrowly missing my head.

‘I called the council, and they advised me to use an umbrella for protection until they have moved on.

‘The RSPB said there’s nothing they can do either as they are a protected species.

‘I’m literally stuck trying to avoid attacks when I leave the house.’

He said the nest is just three feet above his front door and the birds are always ‘ready and waiting’ to strike.

Tom added: ‘I’m pretty bird-phobic anyway and I can’t leave the house without fear of being attacked.’

The RSPB estimate the birds will stay for around five to six weeks which means he is in for a long summer of attacks.

The home owner is concerned about his safety and argues more should be done to remove them.

He said: ‘I get that they are just protecting their babies but who would be responsible if they did seriously hurt someone?

‘It feels like the birds have more rights than I do. I don’t want them killed, I just wish there was some way to them safely removed.’

A spokesperson for the RSPB said: ‘All species of gull are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and the Wildlife (Northern Ireland) Order 1985.

‘This makes it illegal to intentionally injure or kill any gull or damage or destroy an active nest or its contents.

‘Traditional gull nest sites include sea-cliffs, sand dunes, islands on the coast and inland and other inaccessible locations.



‘However, some lesser black-backed and herring gulls have successfully adopted roofs for nesting.’

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