South Somerset District Council (SSDC) are advising people to
ensure litter is put in bins provided and not to feed seagulls and
pigeons that congregate in many areas of town centres.
The feathered creatures are a nuisance to town centre businesses
and the council as well as visitors and shoppers who don't like
being pestered or facing the unlucky prospect of bird droppings
landing on them.
A spokesman for SSDC said, "There is a huge amount of
information available to help people deal with local seagull
issues, but there is one rule we should all abide by: Don't feed
the seagulls. Make sure rubbish is put into bins and food is not
left out for seagulls to scavenge. Businesses can also help by
ensuring lids are placed on bins and that they are not overflowing
Although more seagulls are now nesting on the roofs of urban
towns, overall the UK seagull population has been going down. When
seagulls are fed regularly it creates an artificially high
population and encourages further breeding pairs to take up
residence in the area.
Like all other wild birds, seagulls are protected under the
Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, making it an offence to
intentionally injure or kill any seagull, or to take, damage or
destroy an active nest or its contents.
If you would like to find out more about discouraging seagulls
where you live, visit
or you can seek advice from SSDC by calling 01935 462462.
Release issued: Wednesday 12 April 2017