The Department of Health of the City of Cartagena is conducting paths campaigns to control the number of gulls and pigeons, and prevent colonization of urban areas by this species, which gradually have been established in parks, gardens and roofs buildings.
As explained by the councilman of Health, Nicolás Ángel Bernal, in the case of pigeons is to avoid the spread of diseases, from which this species is especially broadcaster.
Are also considerable damage these birds cause their droppings on the facades of historic buildings.
The campaign to control pigeons is carried out by the City Council for several years and involves the placement of baits in areas where excessive presence is detected, proceeding subsequently be to his capture.
In the months January to April this year have captured 1198 birds.
In 2007, for example, 2999 individuals were captured, in 2006, were 2959 and in 2005, the beginning of these campaigns, captured 578 in the period October to December.
In the case of gulls, it is called yellow-legged species, which has been moving away from coastal areas and landfills where they usually live to travel to certain areas of the city, especially in the Old Town and port.
In some cases these birds, a considerable size and scope, can show some aggression.
The campaign to control their proliferation began last April and will last until June, since this is their breeding season.
The procedure followed is as follows: points are detected in the past where there were nests or where individuals have reported their existence and prove they have returned to nest.
For this year, health was thirteen control points have been:
Building the Sea Wall
Torres Puerta Villa Park
Knight Street in San Francisco Street
Edificio José Díaz (calle Carmen)
Back Central Cinema
Colegio Santa Florentina
Of these thirteen points, nests were found in Building the Sea Wall and other sites have been detected in the building of the UNED, churches Santa Maria de Gracia and Santo Domingo and the building of the Town Hall.
In all these cases, the technicians of Health have proceeded to punch and removed eggs from nests.
The Department of Health has also a telephone available to the citizens who observe or are certain of the existence of nests.
The phone is 968 in December 1988 17.
Source: Ayuntamiento de Cartagena