The graveyard caretaker of Selfosskirkja church has publicly apologised for causing the flock of seagulls which have congregated in the church cemetery.
As reported, the cemetery grass had recently been fertilised with powdered meat, attracting the birds. Dried meat, in powder or pellet form, is sometimes used in Iceland to fertilise grass. Earlier this month, the use of meat pellets instead of powder over a football field in Kópavogur attracted so many seagulls that residents were overwhelmed. Many reported being kept awake at night by the constantly squawking, and children were afraid to go near the field. In the end, lawnmowers were dispatched to break the pellets into fine powder, which would presumably solve the problem.
RÚV now reports that Gunnþór Gíslason, the caretaker of the Selfosskirkja cemetery, has apologised for causing the seagull plague.
Gunnþór explained that he bought the meat powder instead of regular fertiliser in order to save the church money. Once he saw the sheer numbers of seagulls that assembled at the cemetery, he realised he had made a terrible mistake. He apologises for any inconvenience he may have caused those visiting the churchyard, and has since put up a scarecrow, which appears to be working. He now awaits the rain to wash away what remains of the meat powder.