Many of us may have been first introduced to the joys of wildlife by feeding ducks bread at our local park.
We may have thought this was an environmentally responsible and cute way to dispose of old or stale bread, but offering bread to ducks and water birds is actually unhealthy and potentially dangerous for the birds.
Bread and similar products such as crackers, chips, crisps, donuts, cereal and popcorn may be great sources of carbohydrates but they offer little nutritional value for ducks, geese, swans and other birds.
Bread is equivalent to junk food for birds. Humans would suffer from a diet of four 'Happy Meals' a day, day after day, week after week, so really it is not surprising that too much bread can lead birds to excessive weight, malnutrition and many other health problems.
Safe Food For Ducks...
Wheat, barley or similar grains
Rice (cooked or uncooked)
Grapes (cut in half)
Frozen peas or corn (defrosted, no need to cook)
Chopped lettuce or other greens or salad mixes
Chopped vegetable trimmings or peels
Duck pellets - you can buy bags of food at the Lakeside Café