Why you shouldn’t feed bread to ducks at Gedling borough beauty hotspots during lockdown walks

 Why you shouldn’t feed bread to ducks at Gedling borough beauty hotspots during lockdown walks

If you are planning to take your children to Colwick Park or the river at Stoke Bardolph this weekend, you may want to rethink your choice of snack for the ducks.

The Canal and River Trust is urging people not to throw bread in the water for the ducks to eat as it can actually do more harm than good

The Trust say ducks need a varied diet to be healthy. Bread doesn’t have much nutritional value and fills the duck’s stomach so that it doesn’t forage for foods it would naturally eat, which can lead to malnutrition.

Uneaten soggy bread can also cause a build-up of bad nutrients, which can lead to more algae growing around water, more diseases and more pests, such as rats.

PICTURED: Colwick Country Park (PHOTO: Gedling Eye)

So what can you feed ducks?

The Canal and Rivers Trust has put together a list featuring six different foods that you can use as duck feed, instead of bread.

1. Sweetcorn

It turns out that ducks are quite partial to sweetcorn. Tinned, frozen or fresh. Obviously, remove them from the tin first.

2. Lettuce

As a nation we’re guilty of throwing away a vast amount of lettuce, especially the bagged variety. Instead of consigning it to the bin, rip it into pieces and treat your local ducks. Rocket, kale and iceberg are all great choices.

3. Frozen peas 

There’s no need to cook them but make sure you defrost them first.

4. Oats

Flapjacks, rolled oats and even instant porridge oats will be a huge hit with ducks.

5. Seeds

Whether you buy bird seed or just seeds from the fruit and nut aisle in the supermarket, the ducks will be very grateful for these nutritious nibbles.

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6. Rice 

Ducks will appreciate a handful of leftover rice from a takeaway. Just remember to keep the crispy duck all to yourself. You can also use uncooked rice, both are fine.

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