Do not Feed the Birds
Please do not feed gulls and pigeons
Seagulls and pigeons can be a real problem. They:
- Foul buildings, cars, washing and people
- Take food off people
- Carry diseases
- They can be noisy
- Can damage buildings by picking at roofing
materials and blocking gutters and flues
Why we should not feed the gulls and pigeons
Because we have fed these birds, particularly
the gulls, they have learnt that food from humans is an easy source
of food. They now think that any food we carry is for them.
Therefore we are getting more and more complaints of gulls
‘mugging’ people for food. In some cases this had led to physical
They are also colonising the urban areas as
this is where people are providing their food. This leads to them
nesting on buildings in the towns and surrounding areas. Thirty
years ago it was rare to find gulls nesting on roofs, they
preferred sea cliffs.
What can we do?
The most effective long term solution involves
restricting the birds’ access to food.
This must start with you
The easiest source of food is from the person
who throws them the odd chip or sandwich. Or someone who believes
the birds need support and bring food in small or large quantities
to a specific area or areas.
Do not feed gulls and pigeons
Neither pigeons or seagulls need the support
of the human population to thrive and survive. Gulls and pigeons
that feed on their natural foods are healthier.
Dispose of your food wrappings and unwanted
food in a bin which restricts access to birds.
Please help us.
Thank you for your support.