Bailey Haggarty has been with the museum since 2016 helping keep our wharves and vessels clean.
Staff members spend hours cleaning the mess seagulls leave behind, and in the past we tried various methods to scare them away. We tried ultrasonics, statues of birds of prey, humming line, sprinklers activated by motion sensors or just hosing them away – none of them worked. Enter Bailey!
We adopted Bailey from a working dog rescue centre as we discovered that other places had success with dogs scaring away seagulls. Bailey patrols our wharves and vessels and chases the seagulls away before their droppings can damage the paint on our vessels.
When he isn't hard at work, Bailey enjoys long walks by the beach, a treat or two (Schmackos preferably) and lots of cuddles and pats!
Have you met Bailey yet? Be sure to look out for him on your next visit!
Explore photos of Bailey at work
Discover what Bailey gets up to when he isn't chasing away seagulls
10 Sep 2019
Bailey, our Assistant Director of Seagulls, gives a pawsome review of Wildlife Photographer of the Year.Read more
29 Jun 2017
Animal Kingdom: Bailey (Assistant Director, Seagulls) reviews Wildlife Photographer of the YearRead more
02 May 2017
Hi there! It’s been a while since I last wrote, as life has been rather busy. I’ve started some new duties recently. My human colleagues call this ‘job creep’ and seem not to like it, but I’m happy – we border collies like to be occupied!Read more
12 Dec 2016
When I first came to the museum, people kept calling me a ‘salty sea dog’. I thought they meant it literally, as I sometimes fall in the harbour when I chase seagulls too enthusiastically – but no!Read more
23 Sep 2016
When I first came to work here, my human colleagues had strict instructions never to let me inside the actual museum. Ha! That didn’t last long. My furry charm worked its magic, and today , after I’d had my bath and was all squeaky clean, I was invited to review our exhibition Wildlife Photographer of the Year.Read more
30 Jul 2016
After six weeks here, I’m settling into the job nicely but still learning and discovering new things.Read more
12 Jul 2016
Hi! I’m Bailey. I’ve been at the museum for four weeks now, so it’s about time I introduced myself. I’m new here in many ways – as well as being a recent employee, I’m the first one who’s a dog.Read more