Did you know that bread can be harmful to our feathered friends? Here’s a guide to where and what to feed them…

Last year, the Canal & River Trust launched a campaign calling on the public to swap bread for healthier treats such as oats, seeds, vegetable peel, and defrosted frozen peas.

It seems to be working…

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Healthy Alternatives To Bread For Ducks

There’s still work to be done as a hefty 3.5 million loaves of bread are still being thrown into canals, rivers, ponds and lakes every year and potentially polluting the environment. Here’s some ideas on what to feed ducks other than bread.

Grapes
It turns out that ducks are quite partial to a grape or two. You’ll need to cut them up into quarters to make it easier for them to chomp on.

Lettuce
As a nation we’re guilty of throwing away a vast amount of lettuce, especially the bagged variety. Instead of consigning it to the bin, rip it into pieces and treat your local ducks.

Frozen peas and sweetcorn
There’s no need to cook them but make sure you defrost them first!

Oats
Flapjacks, rolled oats and even instant porridge oats will be a huge hit with ducks.

Seeds
Whether you buy bird seed or seeds from the healthy aisle in the supermarket – the ducks will be very grateful for these nutritious nibbles.

Rice
Wild ducks will appreciate a handful of leftover rice from a takeaway. Just remember to keep the crispy duck all to yourself

Where to feed the ducks around Hitchin

In HItchin, by St Mary’s Church is an excellent spot for feedings the ducks, swans and geese. Have you tried these other locations though…?

Riverside by St Mary’s Church
Hitchin, SG5
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Fairlands Valley Park
Six Hills Way, Stevenage, SG2 0BL
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Walsworth Common
Woolgrove Road, Hitchin, SG4 0AT
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Radwell Lake
Just off Junction 10 on A1
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Verulamium Park
St Albans, AL3 4SW
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Wardown Park
Old Bedford Road, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU2 7HA
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Standalone Farm
Wilbury Road, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 4JN
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Stanborough Lakes
Stanborough Road, Welwyn Garden City, Herts, AL8 6DQ
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Village pond in Barkway
Royston, SG8 8EE
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