People urged to feed the ducks responsibly

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The Canal & River Trust is calling for people in the Daventry district to feed the ducks responsibly.

Every year 6 million loaves of bread are being thrown into canals and rivers in England and Wales - potentially polluting the water and damaging hundreds of thousands of ducks’ homes.

People urged to feed the ducks responsibly.

People urged to feed the ducks responsibly.

Last year 80 per cent of people in the Midlands fed the ducks with 84 per cent of them admitting to feeding our feathered friends with bread.

Uneaten soggy bread can cause a build-up of bad nutrients which can lead to greater algae growth, spread disease and encourage pests such as rats.

Today, ahead of the official start of spring and duckling hatching season, the Canal & River Trust is calling on people in the area to make a few simple changes to how they feed the ducks

Richard Bennett, environment manager for the Canal & River Trust, said: “Please come and feed the ducks but do it sensibly so your children and future generations can enjoy it too. The charity is asking the public to make a few simple changes. Bread’s not great for a duck’s health as it’s nothing like their natural diet so don’t over feed them with large quantities of it. Try to vary what you give them and swap it for healthier more natural treats like oats, corn, or defrosted frozen peas. And exercise portion control!

“Don’t follow the crowds, 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.”

For more information on the campaign visit www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/duck