HAWK SOUAD TAKE ON NEDS OF THE SKY; Bid to Oust Seagulls
Byline: By Paula Murray
FIERCE hawks have been called in to drive away vicious dive-bombing gulls dubbed the neds of the sky.
Like street thugs, the gulls sometimes give a warning squawk before launching an attack usually from behind and aimed at the head.
And their numbers are soaring as they feast on the thrown-away portions of ned food like burgers and chips.
Now a falconry team has been recruited to rid the streets of Glasgow of the growing menace but unfortunately the team will only tackle the flying yobs. Fife-based Elite Falconry will unleash a Harris hawk over the city centre this week in an attempt to drive away the plague of seabirds attracted by litter strewn streets.
Janet Cooper, 37, who runs the Falconry Centre near Kirkcaldy said: 'If we bring a hawk out the gulls will come out but they will eventually fly away from the area if they know the hawk is not going to budge.
'We probably won't even have to fly the hawk because the gulls will hopefully just leave for a while. …