A charity abseil down the side of a hospital has had to be postponed due to fears over seagulls dive-bombing the fundraisers. The 100 foot abseil, down Yeovil District Hospital in Somerset, had been due to take place tomorrow in order to raise funds for a new special care baby unit. However organisers have been forced to postpone the event when a seagulls’ nest which had baby chicks inside was discovered yards from the launch site during the final preparations.
Health and safety inspectors and conservation experts who paid a visit to the site were victims of dive-bombing by the seagull parents.
A spokeswoman for the Flying Colours campaign, which is aiming to raise £500,000 for the unit, has said that once the birds have moved on the event will then take place.
The spokeswoman said ‘Unfortunately, we have had to make the decision to postpone the abseil planned for Sunday. On inspection of the roof ready for Sunday, a seagulls’ nest was discovered, with baby chicks inside. The seagulls are fiercely protective of their offspring, and even during the inspection the inspectors were dive-bombed by the seagulls.
After lots of phone calls, with relevant bodies and health and safety experts, it has been decided to reschedule the abseil for a later date. Legally we are not allowed to move or remove the nest, and have to wait for the birds to fly the nest. It is a little ironic how we are raising money for small babies, yet it is baby chicks that are stopping the fundraising from happening on Sunday.’