Feeding the Ducks and Geese

Feeding the ducks and birds in the park can be great fun for kids and for adults but did you know that you could be doing more harm than good?

Here are some fascinating facts:

  • Bread is like junk food to geese and ducks and is not good for them.
  • Feeding too much will cause food to build-up. Left over bread and mouldy food attracts nasty germs and rats.
  • Too much food means too much poo. This can become smelly, slippery and is not good for the environment.
  • A goose poos out 1.5 lbs of poo every day. Poo from the 200 geese we have will weigh the same as a baby elephant each day.

It’s important to remember that our ducks, geese and pigeons will not go hungry. It’s fun to feed them but don’t go overboard. Too much is bad for their health, creates lots of horrible poo and attract rats.

Please don’t feed them crisps, chips, cereal, crackers chocolate or bread. You can buy some special duck friendly food from the café or you can feed them small amounts of:

  • Lettuce and salad leaves (chopped)
  • Peas
  • Sweetcorn
  • Birdseed and wheat grain
  • Oats
  • Rice (cooked or uncooked)
  • Grapes (chopped in half) 

Gordon the Greedy Goose

Gordon the Greedy Goose‘Gordon the Greedy Goose’ is a fun and amusing children’s book designed to teach in an entertaining way about the bad effects of feeding bread to ducks and geese.

Follow Gordon on his amusing and beautifully illustrated adventure and learn what you can do to help.

You can pick up a free copy of the book from the café in Fairlands Valley Park or read a copy now by clicking the image.