Pharmacists in Cornwall say more people than ever before are seeking medical advice and treatment from them for injuries caused by aggressive seagulls.
Cornwall’s seaside pharmacists say they regularly provide first aid treatment and advice to people who have fallen victim to swooping gulls.
Claire Field, community pharmacist based at Leddra Pharmacy in Carbis Bay, said: “We have seen adults and young children with cuts around and inside their mouths as well as their hands where sneaky seagulls have swooped down to take their food.
“As pharmacists our advice is always make sure you are up to date with your tetanus jab as it’s important to remember seagulls are often picking around rubbish bins and you can’t guarantee how clean they are.
“Obviously it depends on the seriousness of the injury on what treatment advice we would give but the minimum that would be required would be to clean the area with a good antiseptic.”
Mum-of-two Emily Turner, from Kent, was holidaying in St Ives with her husband Mike and two children Molly and Zach, when they were each attacked during their seven day stay.
Mrs Turner, 42, said: “The gulls are seriously aggressive in St Ives and the food places all warn about taking care eating outside. My son had a gull cling off his front and peck at his ice cream and I had a gull land on my shoulder and swipe my ice cream before I’d even had a bite. We even saw a family eating a takeaway fish supper being attacked by a large flock of seagulls dive-bombing for chips. I would advise not to eat while walking around the town or find a good hiding spot.”