DENIA is deploying shock tactics by having an eagle mow down the seagull population around the town’s castle.
Lokimica, who runs the pest control services of the Dénia City Council, has spent the last three years puncturing seagull eggs to prevent new birds from hatching in the castle.
That has reduced their presence by around 200, but it hasn’t totally solved the problem.
Lokimica has now resorted to hiring a professional falconer who will bring an eagle to show the seagulls who’s boss.
The bird of prey is expected to scare off gulls before they lay their eggs.
The goal is to equate the castle with danger in the seagulls’ minds and find another place to nest.
The eagle will be released to patrol the area three times a week for four months.
That will be divided into two months each, before and after the gull breeding season.