Don’t feed the ducks bread!

According to the Canal and River Trust, we’ve been feeding ducks junk food for decades.

They estimate that each year six million loaves – equal to the size of 20 double decker buses – are thrown into canals and rivers in England and Wales and that the soggy uneaten bread leads to a build-up of bad nutrients that create harmful algae and spread disease and attract pests such as rats.

Instead, the Trust says we should:

  • Swap bread for foods more like their natural diet like porridge oats, lettuce or defrosted frozen peas,
  • Spread the love and visit a new family of ducks to prevent large quantities of the starchy duck ‘junk food’ from clogging up the same places and potentially damaging the environment
  • Exercise portion control!



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