Gulls are getting more cheeky trying to steal food from unwary holiday-makers

Gulls are getting more cheeky trying to steal food from unwary holiday-makers

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.

Gulls break open bags looking for food

Gulls break open bags looking for food

Gulls (also Crows, rooks, pigeons) are getting bolder and are not afraid of humans

Gulls (also Crows, rooks, pigeons) are getting bolder and are not afraid of humans

Gulls can be noisy, aggressive and may spread diseases when they steal your food

Gulls can be noisy, aggressive and may spread diseases when they steal your food

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#DontFeedTheLocals campaign to protect the public against aggressive gulls stealing your food

#DontFeedTheLocals campaign to protect the public against aggressive gulls stealing your food

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.

Useful links:

http://www.litterfreecoastandsea.co.uk/current-projects-and-campaigns/dont-feed-the-locals/

(Images and URL’s via Matilda and Charlotte, Campaign managers @ Dorset County Council)

About Jim Groves

Current qualifications BSc, MSc (+prize), PhD, GRSC, CCol, ASDC, IEng, MIET (previous now retired - MIM, MIMF, MICorr, ATSC, CChem, CSci, MRSC, MAOC, MCEA, recently retired from WHGLA as Committee Member and IT Manager.)