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By David Millward
7 MAY 2017
For centuries the Swedish royal family have been able to rely on their guards for protection.
But the royal guards are seeking official approval to tackle a new menace at Drottningholm Palace: aggressive seabirds.
During the nesting season, terns are prone to attack the soldiers who, resplendent in their blue uniforms, patrol the palace grounds.
The only problem is that the birds have been designated a protected species.
As a result, the palace is seeking permission to shoot 10 of the birds which have been nesting where the soldiers patrol. “That is a problem which we are now trying to handle in the best way possible,” palace warden Stefan Wirtén told Expressen, a Swedish news outlet.
“We’ve already tried all methods we’ve been able to think of, and this is a last resort for us. The Armed Forces have got back to us several times asking us to handle this issue, which they consider a big problem,” Mr Wirtén added.
However, Sören Lindén of the Stockholm Ornithological Society is opposing the move.
“Raising this issue as wildlife control is ridiculous. Some terns being aggressive against guards? These are birds weighing a maximum of 100 grams. They are small birds, which you could fend off using a stick or an umbrella.”
– The Telegraph