New tongue-in-cheek stickers warning of the dive-bombing perils of feeding the seagulls are now available in Ilfracombe.

The tongue in cheek seagull sign created by John Mackenzie of Leemac Design.The tongue in cheek seagull sign created by John Mackenzie of Leemac Design.

A tongue-in-cheek new sign warning visitors of the messy perils of feeding seagulls has begun popping up around Ilfracombe.

It shows a bag of chips plus a gull and the consequences as a bird showers a family with its droppings, under the slogan ‘What goes up. Must come down. Please do not feed the seagulls’.

The humorous approach to public information was created by John Mackenzie of Leemac Design, and they are available for free at the Ship and Pilot pub in Broad Street in return for a donation to Ilfracombe Sea Cadets or Ilfracombe Ladies Football.

“People are sick of the seagulls messing over everything so I made up a sticker that highlighted one of the problems we face, the bird poo,” said John.

“I thought that because it was comical it may get photographed by tourists, so by having the Ilfracombe logo people might become aware of our town and choose it as a holiday destination.”

Nick Waters, landlord at the Ship, said he thought it was a good idea to try and deal with the seagull problem: “They are becoming a menace,” he said.

“We see quite a lot of people getting ‘mugged’ by seagulls for their food.”