The Birdman, however, continued to freely feed birds anyway. But his legal trouble only mounted.
In July 2013, Wilkinson was fined for breaching the ASBO, yet he persisted. Finally, last February, he was brought before a court to answer for his supposed "crime." He pleaded guilty and was sentenced, not with another fine, but actual time behind bars.
For feeding birds, Wilkinson was ordered to spend 6 weeks in prison.
The public's reaction to all of this was outrage.
"I just can't believe this has happened and that he's even been given an ASBO in the first place. It's madness," says resident Georgina Thackeray, to The Visitor. "What example is this setting to our kids? Doing this to a man who cares for living things."
"It's disgusting the way the justice system has handled this," says Becki Lufc Anderson.
Since the oddly severe sentence was handed down, local townsfolk have begun flocking to Wilkinson's defense, demanding that he be freed. A Facebook page devoted to the man some are calling a "living legend of Morecambe" has already garnered more than 500 followers.