'Issue the posties with hard hats' call as swooping seagulls attack in Cornish town

Dive bombing seagulls have had posties running scared in Liskeard
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CornwallLive readers have been discussing the news that in a Cornish town, posties are sprinting more than delivering, thanks to some feisty seagulls. The Royal Mail has issued a warning, pointing the finger at these birds for any postal delays in Liskeard.

Locals have been advised to not blame the post for late mail, but rather the seagulls who've claimed the streets as their own personal territory, although they're obviously just protecting their young, and are a protected species themselves. Readers have differing opinions on the birds and have been having their say in our comments section.

Ryan Lean, the Royal Mail's manager at the Liskeard depot, has pinpointed the rooftop-nesting gulls as the culprits behind the postal team's newfound sprinting skills. In a recent letter sent to the residents of Bogdara Way, Mr Lean said: " As you may be aware, we are currently experiencing some difficulties safely delivering to you and your neighbour due to seagulls in the area, swooping at delivering staff in order to protect their young."

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The Royal Mail's letter presents residents with a choice: wait for the seagulls to leave the coast clear for mail delivery, or outsmart the birds by rerouting their post to a safer address.

Popdiping thinks: “Time they culled a few hundred.” Baggyboatee replies: “I don’t agree with them being culled… love them. Need to be redirected to build their nests elsewhere as once they nest at one place, they will come back each year if not deterred. Issue the post people with hard hats, after all, they don’t need to have any more excuses for them being late with the post!”

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Acourier has had issues: “Had this happen to me in Helston whilst delivering, swooping down past me. Noticed young gulls up on the roof next door.”

Smiffys Dad complains: “Seagulls have been nesting on my roof for the last two years. This year was very aggressive. If a person attacks me I am allowed to defend myself but if gulls do - you can't retaliate!”

Cornishbeauty replies: “Because gulls are an endangered species, and are just looking for food to feed their young. Also gulls are really no harm to a human being, come on now.”

Over on Facebook Lynne Child says: “They are only protecting their family. Seeing as humans are the ones who have stolen their nesting sites, for their million £ + cliff top homes, do what we did as kids living by the sea , get an umbrella!”

Mike Hampton is confused: “I read that as they were attacking pasties!!” Bradley Ralph complains: “My posty has refused to deliver to my 'safe place' because it's not safe! Seagulls nesting on next doors bungalow are attacking him!”

Bex Richards writes: “Same in Helston, around my area we got 4 or maybe more baby seagulls on our roofs." Sancia Jane Stafford replies: “They are only protecting their young.”

Nicola S Ticky Bone loves the birds: “My roof gulls are my mates. They've only had 2 babies this year instead of 3. They harass my neighbours though because they fired a supersoaker at them last year!”

Tracy Morgan agrees: “Exactly this, they only swoop if they feel the chicks are under threat. I have had them nesting on my roof for 28 years now, no problems at all, they even trust me to protect their chicks when they fall off.”

Have you been affected by swooping seagulls? What do you think the solution is? Have your say in our comments section.