Why is bread bad for ducks?

Did you know?

Every hour enough plastic to fill two bin bags is washed into our oceans from canals and rivers.

With nearly three-quarters of the population throwing their leftover bread into canals, rivers, reservoirs and lakes across the country ever year, we still have a lot of work to do!

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5 reasons why bread is bad:

  • ducks need a varied diet to be healthy, bread doesn't have much nutritional value and fills ducks up so they don't forage for foods they would naturally eat, which can lead to malnutrition¬†
  • uneaten soggy bread can cause a build-up of bad nutrients which can lead to greater algal growth, spread disease and encourage pests such as rats
  • throwing bread into a canal or river can create overcrowding of bird populations, as the birds will flock to the same location in search of their starchy treat
  • too many ducks or waterfowl in one place can stress the birds and lead to their habitats being damaged
  • it also creates excessive amounts of bird droppings which, along with being smelly and slippery underfoot, can reduce water quality and clog waterways with harmful algae

Last date edited: 18 April 2017