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Seagull feeding ban 'of little value'

3 March 10 00:33 GMT

A council is being advised against a by-law banning seagull feeding as it would be "of little value" in controlling a town's bird population.

Dumfries has had problems for many years with gulls diving at the public or snatching their food.

However, Dumfries and Galloway Council officials do not believe prohibiting the feeding of the birds is the answer.

They say that would not help gull control and would simply place an "extra burden" on enforcement officers.

The use of a falcon flying over Dumfries town centre last summer failed to reduce the number of nesting gulls.

Poster campaign

It was then suggested that a by-law to ban feeding the birds might have an effect.

A report to the council concludes that would be "disproportionate" to the problem.

The authority is being recommended to look at education of the public as its preferred way forward.

Posters, leaflets and signs attached to litter bins will encourage people not to feed the gulls.

Environment enforcement officers will also be asked to try to dissuade the public from giving food to the birds.

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