Recent weeks have seen the launch of a popular campaign – #DontFeedTheLocals – here in Weymouth. The campaign is aimed at reducing the menace and nuisance caused by gulls, snatching food and spreading disease. On the May Bank Holiday weekend, actors dressed as giant seagulls patrolled the Esplanade, bringing attention to the campaign and advising pedestrians and restaurant-goers how best to deal with aggressive food-thieves.
The birds have become more aggressive and increasingly approach and harass people going about their business or trying to eat al fresco. Additionally, gulls, along with crows, rooks and pigeons, carry a number of pests and diseases, some of which can be dangerous to humans – all of which are undesirable adjacent to food-preparation establishments (restaurants, cafes and Hotels). The crows and rooks have the unpleasant habit of secreting rotting seafood in nooks and crannies on rooftops, leading to further risk of exposure to harmful bacteria as well as leading to water damage, due to blocked gullies, roof membranes and drainage downspouts.
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(Images and URL’s via Matilda and Charlotte, Campaign managers @ Dorset County Council)