Don’t blame bird for people’s mess

Bexhill Observer Letters
Bexhill Observer Letters

Living in a coastal area I expect to see seagulls and other seabirds overhead – and I cannot help but marvel at these last survivors of the dinosaurs.

To have a modern-day pterodactyl close by is more enchanting than MP Double’s speciest and ill-informed remark of ‘flying rats’. I suggest he reads Frans de Waal’s Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?

When the wind was picking up this morning, it was a thrilling sight to see a flock of seagulls ride the thermal currents and swoop and glide through the air with sheer abandon, joy and skill.

Gull-proofing new buildings smacks of Trumpian and other countries’ leaders’ attempts of erecting walls and fences to keep out the unwanted.

Killing, culling and replacing real eggs with fake eggs is interference with nature, and we all have seen to what interfering leads.

Rather, put up signs ‘no food littering’ and ‘no eating on the hoof’.

Eating while walking around is one of our current society’s unpleasant habits. Many tourists are seemingly incapable of looking at the sights without eating at the same time.

School’s out and discarded crisp bags, half-eaten crêpes and doner kebabs are thoughtlessly thrown onto the pavement. For opportunist scavengers, this is an easy meal. To blame the seagulls for taking advantage of people’s lack of discipline is sad.

There are many tearooms and cafés in towns and cities along the coast where you can sit inside and eat peacefully and without anyone trying to take your fries or ice cream from you.

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