"Super falcons" are being used by three coastal towns to try to stop nuisance seagulls disturbing people. Councils in Exmouth, Sidmouth and Seaton are spending £15,000 in an effort to stop the gulls nesting.
Falconer Jonathan Marshall said: "The birds are crossed between a peregrine,
gyr and saker falcon. Peregrines are the fastest, gyr are the largest and saker are very
aggressive and persistent, which make a manmade super falcon."
Mr Marshall said of his falcons: "Seagulls are petrified of them, but the
birds don't kill the gulls, that isn't the idea. The very presence is enough to scare the seagulls and prevent them from
Christopher Holland, Sidmouth's town clerk, said the falcons will fly three
times a week - at different times of the day - in the three towns and if the
weather is not suitable, Mr Marshall will use a "falcon-shaped kite" to unsettle