Takeaway message for gulls

PUBLISHED: 11:39 01 April 2014 | UPDATED: 11:39 01 April 2014

Gaynor Sedgwick,Debbie Challice,Ash Mitchell and Tracey Hellier with the new stickers that read 'Please don't feed me'. Photo by Terry Ife. Ref mha 3326-13-14TI To order your copy of this photo go to www.midweekherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Gaynor Sedgwick,Debbie Challice,Ash Mitchell and Tracey Hellier with the new stickers that read 'Please don't feed me'. Photo by Terry Ife. Ref mha 3326-13-14TI To order your copy of this photo go to www.midweekherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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Seaton fish and chip shop spearheads campaign to stop people feeding the airborne pests

Seaton’s award-winning fish and chip shop has joined the fight to give scavenging seagulls the bird.

Takeaway meals supplied at Frydays will now come in boxes with a special message on the side - urging people not to feed the airborne pests.

Seaton is spearheading the project to remind people who buy fast food in East Devon not to give scraps or left-overs to gulls – to stop them becoming a menace to people eating outdoors.

Outlets have a strip of self-adhesive stickers that are applied to food containers as they are handed to customers. These carry an image of a gull and the simple message “Don’t feed me”.

The idea comes hot on the heels of another gull initiative in which Seaton, Exmouth and Sidmouth have linked together to employ a falconer to deter gulls from nesting on the seafronts at the three resorts.

The latest project is the brainchild of Seaton’s mayor Gaynor Sedgwick, who first put forward the idea at EDDC’s ‘seagull summit’ last autumn.

Since then, the stickers have been designed, approved and printed by EDDC. They will now be rolled out across the district through a large number of take-away food outlets.

Posing for photos with the new stickers at one of the participating outlets in Seaton, Councillor Sedgwick said: “I’m delighted to launch this joint initiative.

“Last summer, during a chance conversation with Ashley Mitchell, owner of Frydays, we came up with the idea of putting ‘Do not feed the seagull’ stickers on take-away boxes. This was endorsed by Seaton Town Council.

“During the Seagull summit organised by EDDC last year, I spoke about this initiative. This has resulted in EDDC funding the project, and is a great example of Seaton Town Council, EDDC and local businesses working together.

“Thank you to Mr Mitchell and the staff at Frydays who have already placed over 1,000 stickers on the boxes, and have been willing to be the first to join this initiative. We enjoy the gulls they belong at the seaside and it is our fault that sometimes they are a nuisance. The stickers are a way of reminding people that they do not help the gulls or our community if they feed them.”

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