Welcome to Day 7 of the #30DaysWild Challenge with Essex Wildlife Trust!

Yesterday went a little off track because of the weather it should have been about feeding ourselves and feeling the grass between our toes, probably one of our favourite ways of eating, today we are focusing on safe ways to feed ducks. Some of these facts surprised me and challenged behaviours I have done since childhood, an interesting read and a super way to re-educate.

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Today’s task is:

Feed the Ducks (safely)!


What ducks can eat:


  • SWEETCORN: Frozen, canned or fresh.
  • LETTUCE: Rocket, Kale and Iceberg lettuce.
  • FROZEN PEAS: No need to cook them however, they must be defrosted.
  • OATS: Flapjacks, rolled oats and porridge oats.
  • SEEDS: Bird seeds or any other nutritious seeds.
  • RICE: Leftover rice and also uncooked rice.
  • GRAPES: Green and Red chopped in half .




What ducks can’t eat:

  • BREAD: Do NOT feed ducks any type of bread.
  • CHIPS: Do NOT feed ducks chips.
  • CRACKERS & BISCUITS: Do NOT feed ducks crackers & biscuits.
  • POPCORN: Do NOT feed ducks popcorn.
  • SUGARY FOOD: Do NOT feed ducks sugary foods such as chocolate and sweets.


Why you shouldn’t feed ducks bread:

Going to see the ducks on a nice sunny day with family or friends is always such a fun thing to do, especially when there is a picnic involved. However, it is not as fun for the ducks at all because everyone always seems to throw them their leftover bread which for us seems like a nice thing to do but really it is the opposite. Here’s why…

  • Ducks need a varied diet to be healthy, bread does not have a lot of nutritional value and will fill the ducks up so this means they will not look out for foods that they would naturally eat, which can lead to malnutrition.
  • Uneaten soggy bread can and will cause a buildup of bad nutrients which can lead to greater algal growth, spread diseases and encourage pests such as rats.
  • Throwing bread can cause overcrowding of bird populations as all the birds will flock to that one spot in search for their food.




Today’s blog was written by C.Andrews and edited by S.Hellard

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