Is Porthleven parlour's seagull squirt plan naughty or 'ice'?

Is Porthleven parlour's seagull squirt plan naughty or 'ice'

Is Porthleven parlour's seagull squirt plan naughty or 'ice'

First published in News

If you apply for a job with Nauti but Ice you will probably need a little something extra on your CV – a decent water pistol aim.

The Porthleven ice cream shop has come up with an alternative answer to deal with the seagulls that target their shop on a daily basis, by targeting them with water squirters.

The shop came up with pest control solution to deal with the unwanted diners who were becoming a pain by scrounging for leftovers.

Shop owner Lucy Page said: “We use water squirters to combat the seagulls that land on the table.

“We were selling the squirters in the shop and one day we somehow managed to come up with the idea of using them to scare away the gulls.”

During a staff discussion they came to the conclusion that the squirters could be used as a fun way to deal with the swooping seagulls. Although seagulls are a protected bird the water squirters do not hurt them and the method is aimed at deterring them rather than hurting them.

The staff and customers are now able to use the shops water pistols to squirt the seagulls before they can cause havoc by perching on the tables and tucking into the leftovers.

Previously the staff had to run straight out and clear the tables as soon as the customers left as the pests would swoop down to get the leftovers, which would cause plates and glasses to break.

Lucy, who owns the shop with her husband David, described how the customers love to get involved and how the pest prevention method has turned into entertainment point for the customers.

“We tend to find one of the children who is sat outside bored while their parents are having their coffee, we will put them in charge of one of the water squirters, which they love as it gives them something to do,” she added.

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7:30am Wed 13 Aug 14

Gill Z Martin says...

I have seen them using them and it is certainly effective. My children used to do this years ago round the harbour. I would now find it tempting to additionally use them on the people that purposely still feed the gulls with pasties round the harbour wall.
I have seen them using them and it is certainly effective. My children used to do this years ago round the harbour. I would now find it tempting to additionally use them on the people that purposely still feed the gulls with pasties round the harbour wall. Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 10

12:08pm Wed 13 Aug 14

CousinJack says...

They should be prosecuted for interferring with a protected species
They should be prosecuted for interferring with a protected species CousinJack
  • Score: -47

1:42pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Helston John says...

CousinJack wrote:
They should be prosecuted for interferring with a protected species
You plank, if you knew what it's like trying to run a business in Helston or Porthleven you wouldn't be talking such crap, protected species are protected from killing, or harm, surprise surprise water doesn't harm seagulls and they are not being interfered with in their own environment either, they are intruding on humans and their business properties.
Go back to your stick your head in the sand country why don't you.
[quote][p][bold]CousinJack[/bold] wrote: They should be prosecuted for interferring with a protected species[/p][/quote]You plank, if you knew what it's like trying to run a business in Helston or Porthleven you wouldn't be talking such crap, protected species are protected from killing, or harm, surprise surprise water doesn't harm seagulls and they are not being interfered with in their own environment either, they are intruding on humans and their business properties. Go back to your stick your head in the sand country why don't you. Helston John
  • Score: 10

2:50pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Gill Z Martin says...

CousinJack wrote:
They should be prosecuted for interferring with a protected species
Spraying the gulls with water does not harm them, gulls attacking humans can cause serious harm, particularly to young children, the gulls in Porthleven take little notice of the common ways of trying to shoo them away, such as clapping ones hands etc. If attacks by gulls are allowed to continue, it could have serious repercussions for businesses and tourism.
[quote][p][bold]CousinJack[/bold] wrote: They should be prosecuted for interferring with a protected species[/p][/quote]Spraying the gulls with water does not harm them, gulls attacking humans can cause serious harm, particularly to young children, the gulls in Porthleven take little notice of the common ways of trying to shoo them away, such as clapping ones hands etc. If attacks by gulls are allowed to continue, it could have serious repercussions for businesses and tourism. Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 10

6:48pm Wed 13 Aug 14

meerkats says...

CousinJack wrote:
They should be prosecuted for interferring with a protected species
Ridiculous comment , they are using water for goodness sake !! They are not being harmed and more importantly people arent being harmed by these vicious birds.
[quote][p][bold]CousinJack[/bold] wrote: They should be prosecuted for interferring with a protected species[/p][/quote]Ridiculous comment , they are using water for goodness sake !! They are not being harmed and more importantly people arent being harmed by these vicious birds. meerkats
  • Score: 9

7:46pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Helston fly on the wall says...

CousinJack clearly knows nothing about the local gull problem or prosecutions or what is involved with protected species.
Great idea Nauti but ice, just as long as the children dont aim at customers or passers by.
CousinJack clearly knows nothing about the local gull problem or prosecutions or what is involved with protected species. Great idea Nauti but ice, just as long as the children dont aim at customers or passers by. Helston fly on the wall
  • Score: 9

1:15pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe says...

Nice idea but only a temporary solution as, in time, these clever birds will evolve and develop a solution, such as waterproof macs or shields... or their own retaliatory water projection devices.
Nice idea but only a temporary solution as, in time, these clever birds will evolve and develop a solution, such as waterproof macs or shields... or their own retaliatory water projection devices. Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe
  • Score: 6

3:30pm Thu 14 Aug 14

CousinJack says...

The law is the law,
We must obey our oberfuhrer's in Brussel/Strasbourg, they know what is best
The law is the law, We must obey our oberfuhrer's in Brussel/Strasbourg, they know what is best CousinJack
  • Score: -14

4:04pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Helston John says...

CousinJack wrote:
The law is the law,
We must obey our oberfuhrer's in Brussel/Strasbourg, they know what is best
Go troll somewhere else, you're talking a load of crap to get a reaction out of people, like wave used to , there is no law that says we can't squirt a bit of water over seagulls.
[quote][p][bold]CousinJack[/bold] wrote: The law is the law, We must obey our oberfuhrer's in Brussel/Strasbourg, they know what is best[/p][/quote]Go troll somewhere else, you're talking a load of crap to get a reaction out of people, like wave used to , there is no law that says we can't squirt a bit of water over seagulls. Helston John
  • Score: 5

5:05pm Thu 14 Aug 14

CousinJack says...

Helston John wrote:
CousinJack wrote:
The law is the law,
We must obey our oberfuhrer's in Brussel/Strasbourg, they know what is best
Go troll somewhere else, you're talking a load of crap to get a reaction out of people, like wave used to , there is no law that says we can't squirt a bit of water over seagulls.
The EU directive and its transposition into English law refers to the disturbance of protected species, therefore your suposition could only be tested in court most appropriately the ECJ.
Remember ignorance is not a defence
[quote][p][bold]Helston John[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CousinJack[/bold] wrote: The law is the law, We must obey our oberfuhrer's in Brussel/Strasbourg, they know what is best[/p][/quote]Go troll somewhere else, you're talking a load of crap to get a reaction out of people, like wave used to , there is no law that says we can't squirt a bit of water over seagulls.[/p][/quote]The EU directive and its transposition into English law refers to the disturbance of protected species, therefore your suposition could only be tested in court most appropriately the ECJ. Remember ignorance is not a defence CousinJack
  • Score: -9

6:16pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Helston John says...

CousinJack wrote:
Helston John wrote:
CousinJack wrote:
The law is the law,
We must obey our oberfuhrer's in Brussel/Strasbourg, they know what is best
Go troll somewhere else, you're talking a load of crap to get a reaction out of people, like wave used to , there is no law that says we can't squirt a bit of water over seagulls.
The EU directive and its transposition into English law refers to the disturbance of protected species, therefore your suposition could only be tested in court most appropriately the ECJ.
Remember ignorance is not a defence
No one is going to be tested in court, talk about drivel, its legal to remove the eggs from the gulls nest so you could say thats interfering/ disturbing, so squirting a bit of water at them is as harmless, and no way is anyone going to waste the time or money with the court queues as they are, taking someone to court for squirting a gull with water, you are pointlessly arguing formthensakemof it, and if you've got time to spend all day on google good luck to you, you're not worth arguing with. Don't know what country you live in but this is British law with the british court system and it doesn't work as oily smooth as you think it does by reading it by the book, so toddle off and find someone else to troll with, I'm done with you.
[quote][p][bold]CousinJack[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Helston John[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CousinJack[/bold] wrote: The law is the law, We must obey our oberfuhrer's in Brussel/Strasbourg, they know what is best[/p][/quote]Go troll somewhere else, you're talking a load of crap to get a reaction out of people, like wave used to , there is no law that says we can't squirt a bit of water over seagulls.[/p][/quote]The EU directive and its transposition into English law refers to the disturbance of protected species, therefore your suposition could only be tested in court most appropriately the ECJ. Remember ignorance is not a defence[/p][/quote]No one is going to be tested in court, talk about drivel, its legal to remove the eggs from the gulls nest so you could say thats interfering/ disturbing, so squirting a bit of water at them is as harmless, and no way is anyone going to waste the time or money with the court queues as they are, taking someone to court for squirting a gull with water, you are pointlessly arguing formthensakemof it, and if you've got time to spend all day on google good luck to you, you're not worth arguing with. Don't know what country you live in but this is British law with the british court system and it doesn't work as oily smooth as you think it does by reading it by the book, so toddle off and find someone else to troll with, I'm done with you. Helston John
  • Score: 19

6:44pm Thu 14 Aug 14

meerkats says...

CousinJack wrote:
The law is the law,
We must obey our oberfuhrer's in Brussel/Strasbourg, they know what is best
I assume you have never been swooped on or had food taken from you by a seagull then
[quote][p][bold]CousinJack[/bold] wrote: The law is the law, We must obey our oberfuhrer's in Brussel/Strasbourg, they know what is best[/p][/quote]I assume you have never been swooped on or had food taken from you by a seagull then meerkats
  • Score: 6

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