cafes support new 'don't feed seagulls' campaign
community campaign to improve sea water quality standards in Burnham-On-Sea
has this week urged visitors and holidaymakers 'to feed the bin,
not the local seagulls' this summer.
school holidays are now in full swing and many families have been
making their way to Burnham-On-Sea to enjoy picnics on the beach
or to have a delicious portion of chips at the many food outlets
along the town's seafront.
though, the seagulls are seen stealing chips out of people's hands
or diving onto people eating food in the open air.
only are gulls dangerous when they dive, but waste left behind
by the gulls often pollutes the beach and sea, says the campaign
group Litter Free Coast & Sea Somerset.
Yates-Smith, Litter Free Coast & Sea Somerset Coordinator,
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "When the Environment Agency measures
the amount of bacteria in bathing waters to determine how clean
they are, bird poo can be one source of bacteria."
problem with the single message of 'please do not feed the gulls'
is that it doesn't give people the reason 'why'."
campaign aims to share the message that feeding gulls has many
negative effects and its best to feed the bin, not the birds."
the campaign, planned for the first week of August, local take-away
outlets, cafes, pubs and caravan sites in Burnham-On-Sea are joining
forces as they are standing up to seagulls and encouraging their
customers to feed the bin and not the birds."
food establishments and campsites will be putting up eye catching,
vibrant posters and stickers in their windows and on their fast
food packaging all with the same message 'Don't feed the locals'.
The posters explain why people shouldn't feed them and how to
avoid a gull attack."
Holman from Brit Chips in Burnham told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We're
supporting this campaign because, at the end of the day, the gulls
are a real nuisance and they sometimes attack our customers."
much better if people know not to feed them because it encourages
bad behaviour like snatching food off people's plates."
added: "Remember, the birds aren't hungry, they're just greedy
and feeding them your food can will only encourage dangerous behaviour
and damage their health."
help make a difference to the water and beach and help us achieve
cleaner seas and beaches by binning any left-over food and not
feeding the seagulls."