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b.o.liking
b.o.liking
07 Jan 2013 10:52

Could the person or persons in the Firbank/Littleweek Rd area of Dawlish 

please stop feeding the gulls.They are becoming more aggresive and demanding

and my hope is they attack the people that are feeding them.  

 

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Brooklyn Bridge
Brooklyn Bridge
07 Jan 2013 13:25

Easier said than done. Go to the feed the ducks as a lot of people do and then the seagulls appear out of nowhere like an Alfred Hitchcock movie.

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b.o.liking
b.o.liking
07 Jan 2013 17:20

But look what happened to Tippi Hedron

Cassandra
Cassandra
07 Jan 2013 17:33

Someone in that movie (The Birds) had their eyes pecked out, but I think it was by crows. The most frightening bit is when they are gathering on the childrens' climbing frame by the school house ready for when the children finish school. Available to watch on You Tube.

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FredBassett
FredBassett
07 Jan 2013 18:59

Is it illegal to shoot them on your own property as it is in general terms. I know you can with wild geese.

Daverc
Daverc
08 Jan 2013 06:59

No it isn't, but only on your own land.

Nelson
Nelson
08 Jan 2013 10:24

You are not allowed to shoot gulls - on your own land or otherwise!!! 

 

 

 

FredBassett
FredBassett
08 Jan 2013 11:01

Can somebody please get clarification on this matter because Im sure you can if they are on your own land. I dont understand why they are protected as there nothing more than flying rats - vermin 

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b.o.liking
b.o.liking
08 Jan 2013 13:36

My point is would do-gooders stop messing with nature and stop feeding the gulls.

Beside the mess and noise they and their youngsters make it is only time before

someone gets hurt.

 

flo
flo
08 Jan 2013 18:20

Some useful information can be found at http://www.rspb.org.uk/advice/gardening/unwantedvisitors/gulls/thelaw.aspx

I think its safe to say you can't kill them or destroy their nests without the appropriate licence. 

FredBassett
FredBassett
09 Jan 2013 08:18

@flo

          Thanks for the link, seems the twitchers have this one sewn up 100% protected. You cannot even destroy their nests.

Daverc
Daverc
09 Jan 2013 16:48
@flo, i think you're right, but there does seem to be a general licence, try this :
http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/Images/wml-gl05_tcm6-24150.pdf .
 
Quote - 

 

"the owner or occupier, or any person authorised by the owner or occupier, of the land on 
which the action authorised is taken" may "take, damage or destroy the nests or take or destroy the eggs of the species: Gull, Herring Larus argentatus" "to preserve public health or public safety".
 
However, "this licence can only be relied on in circumstances where the authorised person is satisfied that appropriate legal methods of resolving the problem such as scaring and proofing are either ineffective or impracticable".  And that could be tricky (as well as proving the action was really necessary for public health or safety).  Before anyone gets their gun out (and is your gun legal ?) it would be best to get advice.
 
(By the way, I'm in favour of the gulls: they were here before us after all, and they are beautiful; but there is always trouble around July time when their babies first leave the nest, letters to the paper on the lines put forward by FredBassett, etc etc.  But sure, there's no need to feed them.)

 

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b.o.liking
b.o.liking
10 Jan 2013 15:45

Would people not to feed the gulls and its time their protection was reviewed.

 

wondering
wondering
11 Jan 2013 10:24

When it was NOT acceptable to walk around outside eating a pasty and chips, the gulls would stay out at sea on the cliffs. Then it was pointless for them to come in town

This problem is made by the 'wonderful' new society we have. To me there is more of a problem in the mentioned rough pubs in town where you might get a glass bashed in your face! and 24.7 shopping for drink.  I stiill say the gulls can recognise a Wallace Arnold coach of visitors heading down Exeter Road for Dawlish ..'come on chaps it's feed time soon.. hey more chips'.  lol.

Cassandra
Cassandra
11 Jan 2013 16:58

Have to share this as we're discussing the seagulls. Yesterday afternoon I was down by the Viaduct & a small group of bikers had obviously been to Bailey's & got their chips which they then proceeded to leave on the sea wall while they walked out on the jetty to look at the sea. By the time they got back only the chip papers remained & they were quite miffed. Of course, only visitors would do this.

wondering
wondering
11 Jan 2013 17:46

Casandra. That reminds me of watching a family in the summer eating chips along by the Tourist Info..parents were allowing their children to feed the Seagulls with some chips. Soon a number of seagulls arrived...the family realised if they contunued feeding them they would have none to eat themselves! ..so they shewwed them away!! ..but the gulls didnt want to go!   Must be tough being a seagull knowing when you're wanted!.

b.o.liking
b.o.liking
11 Jan 2013 21:47

For those on the Littleweek/Firbank Rd estate know who the seagull feeders 

are because the birds point them out.

 

 

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