Beachgoer loses his sausage after hungry seagulls swoop in on him

Hapless beachgoer loses his sausage roll after flock of hungry seagulls swoop in on him – before he even had the chance to take a bite

  • A hapless beachgoer was set upon by seagulls who stole his sausage roll 
  • The Dorset town of Lyme Regis is notorious for its aggressive seagulls 

This is the moment a hapless beachgoer lost his sausage sandwich after being set upon by a flock of aggressive seagulls – before he even managed to take a bite.

Photos show the unsuspecting victim sat on a beach chair by the sea at Lyme Regis, Dorset, just seconds before a seagull swooped in to take a bite out of his snack. 

In a desperate attempt to save his lunch the man pulled his sandwich away from the gull, causing his large sausage to fly hurtling out of his bun onto the sand.

A second seagull then swooped in to snatch the sausage from the ground, before being joined by a flock of five more.

The furious beachgoer was subsequently seen kicking out at the birds in retaliation as he failed to save his sandy sausage. 

The hapless beachgoer had his sausage stolen before even having a chance to take a bite

A flock of seagulls descended upon the beachgoer after his large sausage fell to the ground

Lyme Regis in Dorset is known for its aggressive seagulls that are known to attack people and steal their food

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An eye-witness to the scene said: ‘The man was going back and forth to the food kiosk and sat back down with his family and within a minute, before he had a chance to take a bite, the seagulls came in.

‘I’ve seen this sort of thing before; you can always tell when it’s going to happen. They land on the beach and have a look, pick their moment – or victim – and go in.’

Lyme Regis is notorious for its aggressive gulls that have been known to attack humans and steal their food.

In 2019, Lyme Regis’ seagull problem got bad enough that the local council launched a pilot scheme to deploy two bald eagles to protect their beach. 

Tourism bosses hoped the eagles would scare off the seagulls amid concerns visitors were being deterred by the aggressive attacks.  

The initiative was launched following complaints they were terrorising tourists but later vetoed by the mayor due to high costs of £95 an hour.

The attack came as sunseekers today flocked to the beach at Lyme Regis to enjoy soaring temperatures of 23C. 

The sunny weather saw the beach fill with visitors hoping to enjoy the clear skies and warm conditions. 

Temperatures in the sea were, however, much cooler, at levels of just 15.3C, according to 

Lyme Regis, which sits on the Dorset-Devon border, has been a popular seaside resort since the Victorian era.  

All seagulls, as with any wild bird, are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

The act makes it illegal to intentionally kill, take or injure gulls, as well as to take, damage, or destroy an active nest or its contents.

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