PLEASE DON’T BE GULL-IBLE
Worcester BID is launching a ‘Please Don’t Be Gull-ible’ marketing campaign over the summer as part of their Attractive City project to educate both locals and visitors to Worcester City Centre on how to live alongside the gulls and the dangers of feeding them.
During the two week run up to the annual Food Festival (Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July), the BID will be adopting a cutting-edge digital approach by launching a ‘Please Don’t Be Gull-ible’ geofencing initiative which should reach many visitors to the festival and hopefully protect these visitors from having their food snatched from them.
People either love or hate gulls but, whatever your feelings, gulls have lived in Worcester for many years and we all need to become more aware of how they behave and what we can do to learn to live together more successfully and discourage negative incidents.
Working alongside Worcester City Council, the BID is also offering posters and window stickers to businesses and these have also been placed around Worcester City to help the message reach as many people as possible.
Raising awareness of how to understand and live with gulls is important from both an environmental and safety perspective; gulls can carry diseases such as E-Coli and Salmonella and, during the nesting season in particular, gulls can become aggressive whilst protecting their young.
Phoebe Dawson, CEO, of Worcester BID said “Our aim is to educate locals and visitors to Worcester City Centre on how to live alongside the gulls as positively as we can with hints and tips such as disposing of your food responsibly, not leaving food unattended and not feeding the gulls or any other birds. We hope that this initiative will ensure Worcester remains an attractive, safe and tidy city for everyone to enjoy”.
FREE POSTERS AND WINDOW STICKERS IN A CHOICE OF THREE EYE CATCHING COLOURS ARE AVAILABLE TO BID BUSINESSES!
THERE ARE A HIGH NUMBER OF GULLS IN THIS AREA
- Gulls associate people with food and are attracted to areas where food is plentiful
- Gulls create mess by scavenging food waste, spreading their droppings on buildings, pavements, cars and you!
- Gulls can be aggressive and noisy
- Gulls can carry diseases such as E-Coli and Salmonella
- Gulls are very protective of their young and may attack people and pets
HINTS AND TIPS
- Dispose of your food carefully and responsibly – never drop it on the floor!
- Don’t feed birds on the street, in parks or open spaces – throwing food is classed as littering
- Never leave food unattended
- Don’t give a gull an opportunity to swipe food from you – be alert and keep food close to you
- Ensure waste food is wrapped up before you bin it
KEEP WORCESTER SAFE AND TIDY AND REMEMBER TO FEED THE BINS, NOT THE GULLS!
Berrows Journal 30th May 2019: ‘Please don’t be Gull-ible’ Poster campaign