Letters - May 9, 2017

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FEED BAN

Keep on feeding the seagulls in resort

Re-article ‘In a flap over fines for feeding birds’. In the article Mr John Buller from Clitheroe likes feeding birds.

He tells us ‘I have been feeding birds for a while they’re really quite intelligent. The way their brains are structured is similar to humans’. We agree with Mr Buller. Last Monday was bin day a seagull was on neighbour’s bin.

My husband pulled back the net curtain of side window the seagull saw him got off the bin onto roof of car facing our front window.

Something attracted the seagull in our window. My husband remained hidden watching the bird. The seagull hops onto low wall then onto our window ledge. Only ornament in window is a fairy wearing a white dress and white wings. The bird positioned itself in front of the window and began pecking at the fairy ornament in the window.

We wondered what was the seagull seeing? Birds are so smart.

Making a case to keep feeding the birds. We have urban birds around us. We only have bricks and concrete little greenery. We have watched birds building nests collecting bits of rubbish even stuffing from an old settee.

They find a safe place to build nests. Some birds have no alternative but to live in an urban environment. They are so clever and can adapt to living round humans. Sometimes feeding off bits of food on the roadside.

Loss of habitat is the greatest threat to birds and migratory birds. Human actions are responsible for most of the threats to birds, insects, etc.

I remember the tree cull in Stanley Park last year and there was a loss of birds habitat.

So keep feeding the seagulls and birds.

We are on Mr Buller’s side and Blackpool -do not have a ban on feeding seagulls. Why do we humans make life harder for birds?

P. O’Connor

Portland Road

Blackpool

CHARITY

Thanks for Gurkha fundraising day

In front of Home Bargains Cleveleys an amazing £240 was raised on Saturday April 15 on behalf of the Gurkha Welfare Trust 1103669 by Official Collectors Roy Davis Barnard and Jenny Shorrock. Many thanks to all who kindly donated to this very worthy cause and an extra big thank you from all the Gurkha ex-servicemen who benefit from the works of The Trust.

Roy Davis Barnard

Layton

WILDLIFE

Help make town hedgehog friendly

I know hedgehogs are around and about in Newbury Road as they’ve left evidence on the front lawn and by the back gate. Until recently I hadn’t set eyes on the culprit(s).

Many gardens are enclosed, preventing hedgehogs having a much-needed thoroughfare for their night-time foraging. A few weeks back we cut out a hole in the garden gate, created two hedgehog nesting sites, left out food, and waited. We suspected hedgehog activity as the food had been eaten, dishes upturned, areas in the flower border flattened, and once again there was that evidence, now on the back lawn.

As I stepped out of my back door the other night to investigate, torch in hand, I almost trod on a huge beast of a hedgehog. S/he curled up and played dead until I went away, and then went about its usual hedgehog business, snuffling and shuffling around the garden.

Our suspicions had been confirmed. Better still, two nights later, THREE hedgehogs found their way through the hole in the gate into the garden.

We leave out plenty of hedgehog-friendly snacks, clean drinking water, and wait in eager anticipation to see our prickly visitors.

St Annes is already on the map as a prime holiday destination.

It would be fantastic if, with the cooperation of residents, schools and businesses, St Annes became renowned for being a safe haven for hedgehogs.

Sadly hedgehogs are an endangered species. Only with our help will they survive and thrive.

Sue Massey

Newbury Road

St Annes

POLITICS

General election more than Brexit

IThis election is about more than the Brexit debate. It’s about so many other things.

Our health: How the NHS is struggling to give us the treatment we need. Our children’s education: The funding gap between what schools need and what they actually get. The housing crisis: So many people can’t find somewhere to live that they can afford.

The environment: How many people are suffering from air pollution, how we can keep up with our energy needs without spoiling the planet. Jobs: Lots of people are working in jobs that won’t pay their everyday bills.

Let’s not have a one-issue election. Let’s ask the politicians how they’re going to answer all these questions about our everyday lives.

Alison Leonard

Via email