Feed­ing the seag­ulls is a very bad idea

The Oban Times - - Letters -

Sir, As an Oban taxi driver, I fre­quently see peo­ple (mainly tourists) feed­ing seag­ulls along the seafront.

This seems like a harm­less and amus­ing way of dis­pos­ing of food scraps, although I have seen some bring whole loaves of bread to feed the gulls.

Any­one who has been to St Ives in Corn­wall, as I have, or any num­ber of other sea­side re­sorts, will un­der­stand why this is a very bad idea. The seag­ulls at­tack you in these places, rip­ping the food from your hand, ter­ror­is­ing chil­dren and adults alike.

Now I have seen this hap­pen in Oban for the first time. A ma­ture cou­ple were sit­ting on one of the benches by the taxi rank, eat­ing a sand­wich, when a gull swooped low over them and snatched some of the man’s food from his hand.

The cou­ple were clearly dis­con­certed by this be­hav­iour, un­sure as to what to do with the re­mains of the sand­wich which the gull had de­spoiled

. I think it is an ur­gent re­quire­ment that vis­i­tors and res­i­dents alike are warned not to feed the gulls to dis­cour­age this and pre­vent the at­tacks reach­ing the epi­demic pro­por­tions suf­fered else­where. Peter Mallinson High Street, Oban.

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