Don’t be gull-ible…

St Ives BID runs an annual campaign to educate visitors about Herring Gulls and their love of fish, chips and ice-cream.

Why have a campaign about seagulls in St Ives?

In an effort to educate visitors about Herring Gulls and their love of fish, chips, and ice-cream, St Ives BID runs an annual campaign. Past initiatives include poster and flyer campaigns, replacing the old Penwith Council signs with new aluminum ones and installing spikes on lampposts, etc to take away their vantage points.

St Ives Bid gull-ible poster
Aluminum Signs

‘Flock-off Spikes

One of the most effective methods of disrupting the birds has been the installation of ‘flock-off’ anti-gull spikes along the Wharf. The 100mm polycarbonate spikes don’t harm the birds at all, but prevents them from perching on lampposts and buildings.

Grease Proof Paper

A creative approach to educating humans in gull talk was rolled out in St Ives over summer 2016.

‘The Daily Gull’ newspaper was a large printed sheet of grease-proof wrap for takeaways on the sea front produced by St Ives BID in collaboration with Dr Viola Ross-Smith, a seabird expert from the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO).

The wrapping offered hints and tips on understanding gulls, especially their warning calls, to help keep people safe. The BID team is always on the lookout for new and interesting ways to solve the seagull problems.

If you have any ideas on how we can combat the growing problem of Seagulls in St Ives, or any other matter you would like to get involved in, please contact us at:

The Daily Gull grease proof paper