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Last Updated: Thursday, 15 April, 2004, 10:15 GMT 11:15 UK
Bin net could cure seagull menace
In the bag: Seagulls have laid waste around Cornwall
A new invention could help put an end to the mess left behind when seagulls attack bin bags.

The anti-seagull net has been developed by Joe Butterly from Falmouth who got fed up with the birds ripping his black bags to shreds.

The net is weighted down so it cannot blow away, and should be tough enough to withstand the beaks of the marauding birds.

It is the latest attempt to cure the problem in Cornwall resorts.

It is a major problem which has gone on long enough
Joe Butterly
Cornwall councils have attempted to reduce the number of exposed bags by supplying bins, but many of those have been lost or stolen.

And even a small number of exposed bin bags causes a major headache in resorts which seagulls target for scraps.

Seagull-proof refuse sacks got mixed results in Mevagissey because they cost more than ordinary sacks.

But mechanical engineer Mr Butterly, 49, thinks he has the perfect solution, a net which he has spent the last three years designing.

'Excellent idea'

He said: "It's an oval net, about 6ft by 4ft, with a handle on the top.

"People are doing their best with blankets, but I think if we can get a dedicated product out there then it can only help people in the future.

"It is a major problem which has gone on long enough and needs tackling seriously."

He is talking to Carrick District Council about developing the product which he says could sell for about 10.

"I am not doing it for the money," he said.

"My main aim is to get it out there and stop these seagulls."

Peter Rugg, Falmouth town centre manager, said: "It's an excellent idea.

"We are hoping to persuade Carrick to test it in Falmouth in the near future.

"If it is successful, we hope it will spread throughout Cornwall."

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