‘Sick’ motorists are deliberately running over seagull chicks, according to a wildlife rescuer.
Trevor Weeks MBE , from the East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS), says there have been at least five cases where the baby birds have been hit by purposefully hit by cars.
Four died as a result and another is fighting for its life at the WRAS rescue centre.
Mr Weeks has described the drivers’ actions as ‘sick’.
He is also now appealing for anyone who witnesses such cruelty to call the police.
Mr Weeks said, “We have had at least five road casualty gulls in the past week which have been run over on purpose by motorists aiming for and not slowing down for fledgling gulls.”
The summer months see many seagull chicks around the town and the young ones, usually brownish in colour, are often unable to fly and can fall out of their nests.
Mr Weeks said some motorists are taking advantage of this and deliberately mowing over the baby birds.
The wildlife rescuer said, “If you are one of them – you are sick!”
Mr Weeks added, “If you see anyone aim for and purposefully run over a gull or in fact any animal please phone the police as they are causing unnecessary suffering by doing so.
“Try to remember to take the registration number.”
Gulls are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and it is illegal to intentionally do anything which causes suffering to wild birds .