Councillors could be set to deploy the most hi-tech deterrent yet in Cheltenham's war on gulls - a drone.
The mobile machine would zoom across the town to spot rooftop nests that could then be targeted by prevention methods in a bid to tackle the birds, which are causing sleepless nights for some residents.
Spotting the gulls' homes with the drone would mean officials could oil more eggs to prevent them hatching.
A council working group has come up with a series of recommendations to put to Cheltenham Borough Council's cabinet to agree.
According to a report to be presented to the council's overview and scrutiny committee, urban gull colonies have risen from 239 in 2000 to 473 in 2015 - an increase of nearly 100%.