group's warning after seagulls shot by airguns in Burnham
experts have warned that holidaymakers and residents risk being
injured if seagulls in Burnham continue to be the target of airgun
gulls have been rescued by Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre
in recent weeks, having been found with airgun pellets embedded
most recent attack in Pier Street saw the bird pictured here becoming
Kidner, founder of the Highbridge-based
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "People are taking the law into
their own hands which can be incredibly dangerous. They
are often shooting in an area where there are other people around
and this create risks for both wildlife and people."
incredibly annoying when we hear that herring gulls and pigeons
have been shot at, driven at by people in their vehicles, or even
trapped and caught in wires."
said the problem is a seasonal one, and that at least five per
cent of all gulls treated by the centre have been shot.
ask people to be responsible. There are firms which deal with
gulls and there are various ways of preventing them going onto
roof-tops and buildings."
news comes as many residents claim the seagull problem in Burnham
and Highbridge is worse than ever this summer.
have been several reports of 'attacks' on the seafront where gulls
have swooped on visitors eating food - and in the last few days
several postmen in Highbridge have been attacked by nesting gulls.
a separate incident at the start of July, a gull cracked a car
windscreen in the town centre after pecking at a wiper blade -
leaving the owner with a repair bill of £100.
Kidner said the root cause of the problem is that there is less
food for the gulls out at sea.
coming inland to feed, so the simple answer is not to feed them,"
rescued by hovercraft team and Secret World expert
rescued on Brean Beach
World Wildlife Centre