Should people in Norfolk and Suffolk be fined £80 for feeding seagulls?

A seagull in Lowestoft town centre. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

A seagull in Lowestoft town centre. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

In Lowestoft, a Harris hawk and a kestrel have been brought in to frighten them away.

A seagull swoops in Lowestoft town centre. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

A seagull swoops in Lowestoft town centre. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

In other areas, people are at a loss to know how to control seagulls, which list dive-bombing and sandwich-stealing on their CVs.

But council leaders might want to look towards Devon, where the bird battle has taken a twist - with people facing £80 fines or even a court appearance if they are caught feeding the seagulls.

East Devon District Council is believed to be the first in the country to introduce a Public Spaces Protection Order to tackle the problem of seagulls.

West Dorset council has also held a consultation on introducing the same order.


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It comes a few weeks after Lowestoft Vision introduced a hawk and falcon to contain the gulls.

MORE: Introduction of hawks to Lowestoft town centre set to reduce seagull populationThe organisation, which is part of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in Lowestoft and Waveney, took professional advice from Natural England and the RSPB in recent months to develop a scheme over the winter.

While seagulls are seen as welcome residents in a traditional seaside town, the increase in population has seen a rise in complaints from shoppers which includes reports of food items being snatched and people feeling intimidated by them.

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