Feeding the Ducks and Geese
Feeding the ducks and birds in the park can be fun for kids but bread is not good for them.
More harm than good
Bread is like junk food to geese and ducks and is not good for them. Plus, left over bread and mouldy food attracts nasty germs and rats.
Too much food means too much faeces which can become smelly, slippery and is not good for the environment. A goose produces 1.5 lbs of faeces every day.
A duck and goose diet
Don’t feed ducks and geese 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 chopped lettuce and salad leaves, peas, sweetcorn, birdseed and wheat grain, oats, cooked or uncooked rice and grapes which you should cut in half.
Gordon the Greedy Goose
Gordon the Greedy Goose is a fun and amusing book designed to educate children about the bad effects of feeding bread to ducks and geese.
You can pick up a free copy of the book from the café in Fairlands Valley Park.