Feed a bin not a gull - new campaign launched
South Ayrshire Council with the help of some primary school children has just launched a new campaign to tackle problem gulls and littering in Ayr.
The 'feed a bin not a gull' initiative highlights that by disposing of litter and food waste properly; we can reduce aggressive behaviour in gulls and keep Ayr tidy at the same time.
Primary schools from across South Ayrshire took part in a poster competition to help reinforce the message.
The launch of the campaign was the perfect opportunity to unveil the winning designs which will feature on bins throughout Ayr.
The winners Grace Kerr (p2) Struthers Primary School, Erin McCall (p6) St Ninians Primary School and Brian Jones from Invergarven received a framed version of their winning poster.
Grace Kerr said: "I'm so happy my picture has been picked. The gulls fly around our playground looking for us dropping rubbish so they can peck it. I hope it makes people put their rubbish in the bin."
Erin McCall said: "I feel very proud of myself because there are so many people in my class that are good at art. I'm excited to see all the posters displayed on the bins. I feel happy that my poster was one of the ones chosen."
Brian Jones said: "I am shocked and happy to have won. I hope the posters are seen outside fast food shops, so that people know about the problem."
Councillor Ian Cochrane, Sustainability and the Environment Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council said: "We want to ensure our towns and villages are litter free and people can enjoy their lunch without being harassed by gulls.
"The vast majority take responsibility for their litter and unwanted food but those that don't could face an £80 fine. The message is clear, take pride in where you live and use the bins provided, the alternative could be a hefty fine."