Seagull ‘deliberately trapped and killed’ at Lepers Well in Lyme Regis

Lepers Well
Remains of a juvenile seagull were found in the historic Lepers Well in Lyme Regis, which was also damaged

BRIDPORT Police are appealing for information from the public on a cruel incident in which appears that a juvenile seagull was deliberately trapped and killed at Lepers Well in Lyme Regis.

It is believed this is likely to have occurred sometime between Monday, September 27 and Tuesday, September 28 at the historic monument on The Lynch footpath, between Mill Green and the Town Mill.

The main part of the seagull was found under a large rock and there was a tin of sardines next to it. It is suspected that the seagull was enticed into the area using the sardines before it was killed.

Another large boulder was found close by and this appears to have been taken from the top right-hand corner of the wall protecting the well, causing damage to this unique ancient monument said to date from the 14th century or earlier and to be the only remaining structure of a medieval lepers’ hospital.

The members of the public that found the gull were very upset and distressed by what they saw.

All wild birds including gulls and their chicks and nests are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. This means that unless you have a special licence it’s illegal to intentionally kill, take or injure wild birds including gulls or take or destroy their eggs, or damage or destroy any nests while they’re in use or being built.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at, preferably by emailing or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55210157107.

Alternatively, if you wish to report this anonymously, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online at or call freephone 0800 555 111.

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