The insufferable coexistence in Dénia with the seagulls: from daytime aggressiveness to nighttime uproar

26 June 2022 - 01: 50

What's wrong with the seagulls this year? It is the question that many citizens of Dénia have been asking for weeks. Coexistence with these birds is becoming very complicated lately. And we no longer say this only because of the attacks that have occurred during the day, but because at dawn they make life impossible for the neighbors with whom they share the neighborhoods.

The seagulls have become a problem. In fact, so much so that it was one of the topics of discussion during the debate on the state of the municipality in the Dénia town hall. It is not for less, since several cases have come to light in which people have been attacked by these birds in the city.

But what is the reason for this "sudden" aggressiveness? They seek to defend their territory and, above all, their young. Since April is their nesting and breeding season. The problem is that it seems that this year they have considerably expanded their territory and have appropriated dozens of roofs to place their nests throughout Dénia, in neighborhoods as disparate as Faroleta-Diana or Oeste.

Gulls conquer beyond the walls

The main action of the Dénia City Council to control the proliferation of these animals is carried out in the castle. Within its wall they found a home and protection for their nests, conquering the area to take care of their young. But, to prevent the population of seagulls from continuing to increase in the municipality, the council has ordered the eggs to be punctured on the spot and thus prevent procreation.

Now, the problem is that they have abandoned the castle. Today the seagulls roam freely throughout the municipality. In fact, in the pedestrian streets they behave like pigeons: shamelessly, on the lookout for the terraces in case some food falls on them. They even meet in playgrounds even if they are full.

Sleepless nights with nests above their heads

And when night falls, the worst comes. From approximately 5 in the morning, the seagulls begin to say good morning with their strident squawks, which have much to envy the pleasant song of other birds. It is enough to walk down any street to hear in the skies, on the roofs of buildings to be more exact, the constant cawing that has kept the residents of many blocks awake for weeks.

In those nests that have been placed throughout Dénia no measures are being taken. They are more difficult to locate and control, so they have found a good place to increase their population. Of course, at the cost of the rest of those with whom they share a building.

Luckily, the nesting season is coming to an end, it usually ends around July, so many of the problems they are causing will be diluted. See you next year.

  1. Álvaro says:

    Always the same, the ego of the human "being". Some do not know how to coexist with nature and other species. They don't complain about the drunks that are on the street on the sea or in the County on weekends. Now at parties all the people drunk in the streets with the music, all full of glasses, bottles, butts, garbage, and a long etc. of waste. But always the fault of the animals, which are the ones that dirty the most.

    On the other hand, this article will only promote hatred towards seagulls, they are seagulls, not nymphs. Anyway…

  2. I xelo says:

    We are in a coastal area and it is normal for there to be seagulls.
    Puncture bird eggs?
    We are crazy?
    Let's respect nature.

  3. Fer says:

    Of course, the solution is always to kill the animals, the trees, so only cement remains, what genius.
    The only plague is the human being, who destroys nature and believes he is the owner and controller.

  4. may the lord bless you says:

    Jo, how much environmental expert there is around here. What if a felled tree, ozone, donkey farts...

    Too bad these people don't go into politics and fix the world in two minutes. They have not needed engineering to know everything, with a couple of hippie brochures they could fix even Murcia...

  5. pepet del garrotet says:

    I was hoping someone would tell me the solution, put diapers on them, bring trap cages to the archers, castrate them like cats.

  6. Maria Alcira Manrique Diaz says:

    I don't know why we don't learn from what has happened with the pandemic we call the animals symbol of the Mediterranean a plague just like the palm trees we don't understand that due to climate change they no longer find enough food in the sea and as if they were (rats) they look for food in the containers we humans if we can make noise interrupting the sleep or rest in the early mornings of older adults and children because we do not live according to the circumstances being tolerant

    • Go with the lights says:


      So we have to let them attack us, give them a subsidy, leave Denia?

      • Koldo says:

        In the absence of predators little by little they take over... also the fact that they find easy food in the City to maintain the balance between population and overpopulation. Be it Pigeons, Seagulls and even other animals is not being unethical as it is proposed here... I don't think that the Seagulls would let the human being invade their habitat if it were in their power...they have thousands of maritime miles and cliffs if they are in the City it is because they find Food and little hostility...if they consolidate in the end they will be a plague not because of discomfort if not by defecation and seizures

  7. Reyes says:

    The truth is that from a few years to this part, between the seagulls and the pigeons it is a horror. They bother a lot. There are people who throw food on the lawn of the park of the Health Center and the whole area is super dirty from pigeon poop and from the lack of civility that there is with people who do not pick up the poop of their pets. Summarizing. This area is super dirty and should be remedied.

  8. Dolores Rojo says:

    It breaks my soul that they prick their eggs…….there is no other way to control them?????

    • Roy march says:

      Spoken by someone who does not have to live/listen to the constant noise of these filthy flying “rats” – if you could see the mess they leave on the roofs around where they nest (l'm sure bird poo is not good for your health) you may have a change of attitude

      • Fu%$ ecostupids says:

        One thing no one should do in life is waste time with an ignorant, especially if it comes with the 'eco' spirit.

        They're useless. We have to let them bark and do their noises as the seagulls do. «Oh, poor rat, poor Covid, poor terrorist…»

  9. Udo says:

    No panic! Due to 2 years of rest in the castle, the seagulls have multiplied. Now it was bad spring weather, construction work and again more tourists in the castle and the seagulls have found a new home. But they are still our roommates.

    • Saskia says:

      Here, in a Dutch seaside town in this case, seagulls have been a pest for a few years now. They came to have their nests on the roofs of houses, instead of on the beach or dunes, especially because they found easy food in the garbage. If you pass under a nest on the street, they attack you, they take food from your hand, or from your plate, they attack your dog or baby. As they are protected here, sometimes people put nails in the ceiling so that they do not nest there, they change the eggs for artificial eggs (because they say they lay new ones if the nest is empty), or they mount a type of kite in the shape of a thread on a string. of black bird, which prevents them from nesting because the seagulls think that it is the territory of another bird. They are animals that give life to the coast and the beach, but close to home they are a horror.

  10. Miguel Ahuir says:

    Unfortunately, the felling of pine trees and work carried out in the castle and its surroundings have altered their nesting area.