feeding the ducks
Well, we say “feeding the ducks”, but on our recent visit to Swanpool in Falmouth, the ducks were having a rest, so we sat down and left them to it… once their noisy neighbours had piped down a little!
We were overjoyed to find some wonderful signs warning folk of the problem of feeding bread to ducks – and for a change, there was no waste bread or discarded bread bags anywhere to be seen. We love the duck feeders of Falmouth!
Team Quack Snacks enjoyed a wonderful sunny Bank Holiday Sunday in Stratford-Upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare – so you’ll have to forgive us for corrupting a quote from Hamlet: “To feed or not to feed, that is the question”.
In the places where most people congregate, not to feed is most definitely the answer. There are too many people, potentially offering too much food, likely to cause a riotous messy crowd of ducks, swans and geese. It’s not good for them, or the people trying to enjoy an ice cream or picnic amongst the chaos.
Feeding wild ducks responsibly sometimes means not feeding them at all. However, there are well paved walkways along the river Avon well away from the crowds where feeding ducks very sparingly is less likely to cause chaos and mess. But please, make sure it’s not bread, crisps or chips!