A LLANWNDA couple are in a flap over a gaggle of geese that are making their lives "a misery."

Bob and Penny Kay that several years ago, half a dozen domestic geese appeared in the area around their property in the Chatham Log Cabins park, near Caernarfon, which borders the Afon Rhyd river.

Since then, the geese, which were of a domestic breed, have turned feral and have increased to about 22 birds.

Often used as guard animals, due to their strongly territorial instincts, the geese have started attacking people and pets who venture near.

"The noise and the mess they make is terrible, but worst of all is their aggressiveness, especially in the breeding season," said Penny, originally from Marple.

"They fight with each other, and bully individual birds, the noise is horrendous, and they attack anyone who comes near our cabin.

"We are a residential location, we have been plagued by them and the situation is becoming intolerable.

"An elderly lady in her 70s who lives here was going to her car and she was attacked by them. She is now terrified. The neighbour's cat is frightened and has to hide.

"They are domestic geese, bred for meat, so they are too heavy to fly away. Obviously someone brought them here, but now they have just gone wild and feral."

The couple say they have approached Gwynedd Council for help and also the RSPCA but no avail.

"The council said they were unable to do anything as no-one claimed ownership. They wrote to some cabin-owners asking that the geese were not fed in order to deter them, but that hasn't worked," Penny added.

"Earlier this year, I contacted the council when the geese were extremely aggressive, they were even attacking cars.

"It can be frightening. Again the council was unable to do anything and suggested the RSPCA.

"The RSPCA simply stated 'birds have the right to roam' and were not prepared to do anything or offer advice."

Penny also approached an animal sanctuary but they were unable to take the geese in.

The RSPCA and Gwynedd Council were contacted.