Don’t feed the gulls

PUBLISHED: 07:00 09 March 2013

It really annoys me when I see people feeding seagulls.

They have become a big problem in seaside towns.

It’s difficult to sit and relax on a bench or on the beach trying to eat a sandwich without the menacing seagulls bothering you.

You sit having lunch at a café bar and they come gliding down the tables, taking any item of food they can. They’re like vultures.

I saw a seagull attack a child once as it grabbed the child’s ice-cream; the poor child was very upset and frightened, like anyone would be.

So do we really need to encourage them? They are nothing but a nuisance. They are noisy and make a mess everywhere and they don’t give the little birds a chance to find food in the gardens.

We could all enjoy seeing more wildlife in our gardens if the stupid, irresponsible people didn’t throw out their waste to the seagulls.

The seagulls are becoming more tame and cheeky because the mindless people are feeding them.

Some tourists feed them because they don’t understand what problems we have with them, but local people should know better.

I think it would be a super idea if the council put up more signs around the town and neighbouring areas: Please do not feed the seagulls – penalty fee?

The council could set a fee and fine the people caught feeding the gulls. The money could then be generated into the town, so we would all benefit.

Jennifer Norman

Withycombe Raleigh

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