The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds says that councils which see gulls as a nuisance should not encourage feeding
11:55AM BST 22 Jul 2015
The RSPB has warned members of the public not to feed seagulls because it could be fuelling attacks on humans.
The charity said the management of gulls is a "complex" issue as coastal populations of the birds are declining while urban gulls are doing well.
A spokesman for RSPB said councils would be right not to encourage feeding gulls.
"To manage conflict in towns we must look at gull behaviour, and not their population size.
"If we feed gulls they will grow more confident, they will learn that we are a source of food.
"They will not then distinguish between food offered and people simply walking around carrying food, cafe tables outdoors and the like."