Wetherspoons pub installs ‘shrieking alarm’ to deter seagulls terrorising punters

A pub terrorised by seagulls has installed their own shrieking alarm to deter the nuisance birds.

The Wetherspoons pub has been experimenting in a bid to prevent the birds from harassing drinkers in their beer garden.

The Imperial in Exeter, Devon, has implemented various tools over the years to deal with their unwarranted visitors, including a peregrine falcon.

Gary, a front of house member of staff, said: “It is a big problem here – an absolute nightmare.”

A year ago, the pub purchased a peregrine falcon from local pest controllers – which they would allow to roam free around the grounds to scare off the gulls.

Gary admitted the success of Dev the falcon was a “great surprise” and the pub have been endorsing this unique solution for over a year now.

He said: “When the hawk is visible, the gulls won’t come anywhere near the pub – it’s crazy.

“When he’s here, the reaction is unbelievable, they just completely scarper – they are petrified of this little falcon.”

However, due to restrictions the feisty falcon only makes an appearance once a month now – previously once a fortnight – which is what sparked the pub’s decision to install a shrieking siren at the top of their building.

The bird alarm has been heard emitting a variety of different gull and hawk sounds.

This is to prevent the feathered-visitors from becoming too accustomed to the same sound.

Gary said despite spending a lot of money on hawking the siren is only partly successful in deterring the ravenous pests from pub punters.

He admitted: “We have a big outdoors area with 700 covers, so it’s a big space and we cannot monitor all of it.

“When these gulls are hungry, nothing is going to stop them.

“Also, it is their feeding season – and these birds will stop at nothing to feed their young.”

Gary added: “Luckily people here are very understanding and we haven’t had any severe cases of seagulls snatching people’s food.

“But we’ve got to be really quick clearing the tables.”