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Leave our seagulls alone - couple hit back at campaign in Barrow
4:01pm Monday 9th September 2013 in News
A PAIR of Barrow residents have come out fighting in defence of seagulls.
Lorraine, 64, and Norman Hill, 72, of Mount Pleasant, believe the birds are part and parcel of living in the town.
Recently, Furness MP John Woodcock called a ‘seagull summit’ to look at ways of tackling the birds which have caused a nuisance for some.
And fed-up residents have set up a Facebook page called Sick of Seagulls.
Mr and Mrs Hill said the Facebook page has 2676 likes and the e-petition for a nationwide seagull has 743 signatures.
The pair said: “Seagulls only want to live and raise their young - like most of the creatures on this earth.
“If they are becoming more successful in this goal, and therefore more numerous, the blame lies totally with us humans.
“Is it the seagullsʼ fault that there are now more numerous potential nesting places such as large buildings with flat roofs, thin black rubbish bags easily torn open, discarded take away food or containers?
"These easy pickings are all within our so called human areas and it is the nature of seagulls to be on the lookout and swoop for food anywhere.”
“It is also regrettable that a natural noise - that of birds - be declared pollution. The ʻnoiseʼ has always been here.”
The couple claimed youngsters had developed a new game of ‘deliberately throwing food’ on busy roads to encourage seagulls to swoop down and get squashed.
Mr and Mrs Hill added: “Barrow Borough Council should not have any knee-jerk response to the demands of the Sick of Seagulls group or anyone else calling for a cull.
“There are several measures which can be taken to control seagull populations that do not involve culling.”
Mr Hill is a retired teacher from Parkview School, while Mrs Hill said she was born in the house in 1949 and accepted them as part and parcel of living in a seaside town.
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