I read your article regarding seagull attacks at Peel (Independent, August 19) and would like to add a few experiences of my own.
I live in lower Onchan in a chalet bungalow, i.e. the bedrooms are in the roof, and during the summer we are regularly woken about 4am with the noise of the seagulls, whether they be ‘tuning up’ or standing pattering on the roof.
Presumably, someone nearby puts food out at night or early morning (how stupid) and they are awaiting their mates’ call as to where it might be!
We can’t sleep with the windows closed, as it would be too hot and stuffy. As for car cleaning, you can guarantee that if we clean a car, the seagulls will deposit their ‘load’ within the hour and if it is not removed within a short time, it will leave a permanent stain!
We spent a holiday in Cornwall a few years ago and we visited a number of coastal towns.
We went for a walk on the promenade of one of them and were about to buy a couple of ice creams when I thought about seagulls ‘attacking’ us for a spot of lunch.
Strange, there were no seagulls around!
Bought and enjoyed the ice creams but while buying them, asked the lady at the kiosk why they had no seagulls?
‘Easy’, she said. ‘See the signs.’
Then I read it, it seems they have a local by-law prohibiting feeding the seagulls – no food, no seagulls! I am sorry but I cannot remember which town it was but they had plenty of these signs about and, honestly, not a gull in sight!
I took a photo of the sign and sent it to Onchan Commissioners but their reply was that they felt the seagulls were not really a problem. I don’t agree.
When we were in a car park in Blackpool a few weeks ago, some adults were sitting in the back with the tailgate up enjoying their purchase, whippy ice creams. Within seconds they were literally under attack from half a dozen of the little beauties and had to throw their ice creams out to get the gulls away from them. It was quite frightening.
Seagulls can find all the food they need without people feeding them. They are clearly scavengers and no better than longtails, therefore they are vermin whether you want to accept that or not.
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