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Doonhamers fight gulls; Wildlife: Queen of the South plagued by seabirds leaving stadium unclean.

A Scottish Championship club is facing an "impossible task" as it battles the marauding gulls menacing its ground.

The birds have set up home on the pitch at Queen of the South's Palmerston Park ground and have left a trail of destruction in their wake.

As well as causing damage to the pitch they have also left droppings on seats at the stadium.

The club received a number of complaints following their Betfred Cup match with Motherwell on Saturday.

Bosses at the Dumfriesbased club have tried to deploying flying bird of prey kites and have played bird of prey noises through their public address system in a bid to deter the scavenging gulls.

However, they keep returning and staff are struggling to keep the ground clean for matches.

A statement issued by the club said: "Following our game against Motherwell on Saturday we received a number of complaints regarding the gulls at Palmerston.

"We are well aware of the issues and, although it is pretty much an impossible task, we have tried various things to try to eradicate the problem.

"Our groundsman Kevin and others were at the ground until 11.30pm on Friday night trying to keep them off the park as they roost on it, causing all sorts of problems.

"It is very disheartening for everyone as many people gave up their time on Sunday June 30 to come in to help with the Palmerston tidy-up, which involved the cleaning of seats.

"Unfortunately with the number of gulls that have taken up residency, the hard work carried out that day has been undone.

"Football grounds are a great attraction for them.

"We have already tried playing birds of prey noises over the sound system as well as flying bird of prey kites above the stands but they eventually get wise and come back."

The club said its resources were being stretched to the limit by the gulls and have asked for patience from people visiting the ground.

The statement continued: "Hopefully it will not be long before the gulls move on. We will continue to pursue other ways to deter them."

Aberdeen and Fort William are other clubs who have suffered wildlife issues over the years.

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The gulls are causing chaos at the Dumfries club

UNDER FIRE: Palmerston Park has seen damage caused to the pitch as well as suffering an aerial onslaught of seagull droppings

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Publication:The Press and Journal (Aberdeen,Scotland)
Date:Jul 17, 2019
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