Feeding the seagulls is a very bad idea
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.