Please Do Not Feed Brixham Seagulls
A Brixham without seagulls would be like Trafalgar Square without its population of pigeons. It doesn't matter where you go in Brixham, you probably won't be more than a few feet from a seagull. It's very unfortunate but seagulls have gained a reputation for being a pest, especially where lots of tourists hang out. During the summertime hordes of tourists flock around areas such as the harbour at Brixham, where you find tourists, you find fast food such as fish and chips, pasties and sandwiches. Where you find food, you find seagulls, thousands of them. Over the years the seagulls have realised that where there are tourists eating food, there is always going to be a free meal. Holidaymakers probably think it's fun to chuck the odd chip, or bit of pasty crust to a seagull, unfortunately seagulls have now become so tame that they often don't wait to be given food, they have absolutely no fear of human beings now so will often snatch food out of people's hands whilst they are eating it. It does sound funny and I would probably laugh if it happened to one of my mates, however on a serious note, seagulls have got extremely sharp peaks and they can cause very nasty injuries. Seagulls will often bully people until they get some food, they will stand right at your feet staring at you with those reptilian eyes, they are very intimidating.
The council have put up signs all around the harbour telling people NOT to feed the seagulls. Unfortunately a lot of people seem to take absolutely no notice and continue to feed the seagulls. Now you can't blame the seagulls and I get very angry when seagulls are demonised for being the way they are. If anyone is to blame for the way seagulls behave around people in Brixham then it's the people who have continued to feed them over the years. Seagulls are more than capable of finding food for themselves, if tourism suddenly came to a end here in Brixham and nobody was there to feed the seagulls then they would go off and find natural food to eat.
if you plan on eating food outside in Brixham, especially around Brixham Harbour where lots of seagulls congregate, you should follow some simple but very important rules.
- Keep food close to your body, don't sit down on a bench holding food at arms length, or away from your body
- Never leave food unattended as this will almost certainly result in a seagull eating it
- Never leave children unattended eating food close to seagulls. Seagulls will take advantage and could easily hurt your child when stealing the food
- Always discard uneaten food in the nearest bin, do not feed uneaten food to the seagulls as this will just encourage them to scavenge
Following these simple tips will allow you to enjoy a picnic out at Brixham without having your day spoiled by a seagull nicking your food, or even worse hurting you