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Council clarifies bird-feeding byelaw proposals

Douglas Borough Council has explained its proposed laws to crack down on mass bird-feeding.

It comes following the authority saying those caught feeding large flocks in the capital could now face a hefty fine.

It'll now seek approval from Tynwald to amend the Douglas General Byelaws 2013 - to extend the current prohibited feeding zone to cover the entire borough of Douglas.

Council leader David Christian said: ‘The changes aren't about targeting well-meaning householders who have bird tables or garden feeders - but putting enforcement measures in place to deal with irresponsible individuals who persistently mass-feed birds, especially seagulls.

It says this behaviour  causes widespread public nuisance, distress, encourages vermin andcompromises efforts to project a positive image for Douglas.

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