YP Letters: Calling truce between gulls and wasteful visitors

What can be done to combat the seagull menace in resorts like Scarborough?
What can be done to combat the seagull menace in resorts like Scarborough?
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From: Pamela Ward, Darwin Road, Bridlington.

HAVING visited Scarborough a few weeks ago, I sadly noticed all the waste food containers with waste food, being left on the beach by holidaymakers, causing flies, litter and gulls.

These are probably the very people who complain about the seabirds scavenging.

Seagulls are opportunists, they have been robbed of most of their natural food by our greed of taking even the smallest fish from the ocean.

What do we expect them to do? They are programmed to survive.

I thought of an idea which may well solve the problem for the birds, the holidaymakers and the local people.

Could we not identify a site well away from the crowds, shoppers and food outlets, and purposely leave suitable left-over food for the gulls?

It would take them no time to identify these easy titbits, 
and therefore they would be 
far less inclined to annoy passers-by.

We would also need to erect a few serious signs asking people to drop their food litter in certain bins readily available.

Surely we cannot allow this littering to continue?