Are you planning on taking the children somewhere this summer to feed ducks? What's the first thing you might pick up to take with you? Bread? Well think again. Bread may actually harm ducks so please do not be tempted to take your stale leftovers from the kitchen cupboard. I hate visiting local wildlife ponds and seeing large slices of bread (and sometimes whole loafs) floating about on the surface. This is a sure sign that the ducks don't actually like bread that much anyway and its just a complete eyesore and causes pollution!
Bread offers very low nutritional value for any birds, and is the equivalent of us eating lots of cakes and biscuits. It's junk food for birds and may lead to obesity. Is there not enough information out there to help us make better choices about what we should be feeding wild animals, including ducks? Maybe we can do something about that here at Creature Candy. What are your thoughts?
Feeding wild ducks is such a wonderful activity for us to do with our children and I bet many of us have experienced this in our lifetime. I am by no means saying "do not feed the ducks", I'm just saying think more carefully about what you feed them.
So, what are the best things to take with you to feed the ducks? Here are a few options, some which may surprise you:
- Cooked rice
You can also buy specialist duck feeds from a variety of retailers. Here are some suggestions:
The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust have lots of images and resources on their website to help you identify wetland birds. Why not download some of their factsheets and spend a day feeding and spotting a few species?