I despair about the negative press concerning wildlife, in particular foxes and seagulls, and about the attitude of people who would kill or maim them.

Conspiracy theory would suggest an intention to use the media to install hatred of foxes, making it easier to repeal anti-hunt legislation. Surely our Parliament will not agree to reinstate this barbaric practice?

It is very sad that two children were injured, allegedly, by a fox.

An exceptionally rare occurrence according to wildlife experts. A small boy disturbed a fox, pulled its tail and the fox bit him – something that would happen with most animals when frightened and protecting their young. Massive publicity about these rare events leads to panic and to needless cruelty, such as trapping foxes and shooting seagulls. Whereas better knowledge of these creatures is very rewarding.

For the past few days I have been watching a parent gull guiding its chick, in safety, up and down the roof opposite so the chick is getting more confident prior to trying its wings. I am privileged to share my roof and garden with the same two gulls who have nested there for years and nor I, nor my cats or visitors has ever been attacked. I look forward to them bringing their latest chicks into the garden.

They share the space with numerous other birds, squirrels and foxes. The dog fox came close only twice when in need of help (and, for that, many thanks to Roger’s Wildlife Rescue). We know that foxes, crows and seagulls are attracted by waste food, yet continue to put rubbish bags into the street regardless of collection day. Who can blame the animals and birds for taking advantage?

My contention is that all animal and bird life, as with people, respond well to positive treatment and a safe environment. Unfortunately human disrespect of nature has led to more and massive-scale tragedies – witness the latest BP scandal.

Let us please get things into proportion and enjoy the wonderful wildlife of our city and take measures to protect it worldwide.

Diane Waller, address supplied