We all love feeding the ducks and being close to nature.
In order to keep wildlife at the Gainsborough Drive Pond healthy and its waters clean, feeding must be limited to birdseed, peas, corn, oats or cooked rice. Bread does not contain all the vital ingredients to provide birds with the energy they need. Unlimited quantities of food can attract more waterfowl to this area, which can cause overpopulation and have an impact on health and water quality. Uneaten rotten food pollutes the water and may cause a problem with nutrient enrichment in the pond. It also encourages pests, such as rats, which can create a public health problem.
The Town Council Request that you do not carry out the following:
+Feed with bread
+Feed with mouldy food of any type
+Feed cooked food (other than pulses or grains)
+Leave cheese or meat
+Leave food behind as this attracts vermin and rats
Injured birds and wildlife should be reported to RSPCA on 0300 1234 999
All information included in this fact sheet is available from The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) website.