Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

‘Seagull feeders should be fined’ says Barnstaple baker

13:06 30 July 2014

Barnstaple baker Graham Principe has called for people who feed pigeons in the town centre to be fined

Barnstaple baker Graham Principe has called for people who feed pigeons in the town centre to be fined


A BARNSTAPLE bakery owner has called for people who feed pigeons and seagulls in the town centre to be fined.

Graham Principe, who runs East and West Bakery on Butchers Row, has called for a system similar to the one brought in by Plymouth City Council last week and employed in other areas of the country, to be brought to the town centre – which could see people fined for feeding the birds in public spaces.

The measures being introduced in Plymouth include posters around the city warning people not to feed the gulls, and asking cafes and restaurants with outside eating areas to quickly remove empty plates and consider using umbrellas to shield against swooping seagulls.

Mr Principe, a member of Barnstaple Town Centre Management (TCM), said: “There should be a separate by-law. People feed the pigeons and think it’s lovely, but in practise the seagulls come in and take a lot of the food.

“I feel we need some sort of campaign to educate people on this followed by legislation making it illegal to feed pigeons and make the fine substantial.

“I’ve had seagulls flying into my shop before and had to get hold of them physically to get them out again.

“We’ve never had so many seagulls in this town and now’s the time they are fledging too, so they are very protective of their young and actively foraging for food.

“The idea is not to stop people feeding the birds, but to get them feeding them in the right environment, in the parks or by the sea.”

1 comment

  • Abolish the "PROTECTED STATUS" list and "CULL THE GULLS"

    Report this comment

    Brendan Young

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Other News Stories

37 minutes ago
The proposed hotel in Westward Ho!

Planning inspector overturns Torridge District Council decision to refuse ‘in principle’ plans for 15-bed ‘Whotel’

Read more
Could Eleanor Grant's song In Your Arms be a Christmas number one?

Teenage singer’s song for new animated movie about the Louisa lifeboat launch makes its bid for festive chart success

Read more
Plans for the lower High Street corner entrance of Green Lanes shopping centre, Barnstaple

Entrance to shopping centre could be drastically modernised if owners’ plans are given the green light

Read more
Emma Perry from Children's Hospice South West, John Cockram and Leo Cooper from North Devon Hospice. Picture: Elliot Anderton

Christmas trees have been donated to two hospices in North Devon.

Read more
Abi Calvert and Darcy Baldock at the Ilfracombe Lighting of the Lights.

‘Best crowd in years’ as thousands gather to kick off ‘combe’s Christmas

Read more
Get your panto tickets on Black Friday

Get a special Black Friday discount to see Cinderella at the Queen’s Theatre

Read more
Yesterday, 17:35
North Devon MP Peter Heaton-Jones

Peter Heaton-Jones says the Autumn Statement ‘kept giving good news’

Read more
Yesterday, 16:02
Is there cash for the North Devon Link Road?

North Devon will be able to bid for a share of a £475m transport pot

Read more
Yesterday, 15:00

North Devon and Torridge District councils are on track to put their joint plan for the future of the two districts into action by May 2016.

Read more

Christmas in North Devon

Christmas in North Devon

Christmas Magazine

Click here for your ultimate guide to
Christmas in North Devon

Local Weather



max temp: 12°C

min temp: 11°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Search for a job in Devon

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications