Family fun is on the bill this Easter as we invite local people along to Fradley Junction for a day of duck-themed activities.
We are encouraging people to visit the popular canal spot on Sunday 16 April to enjoy some quality family time and learn a bit more about our feathered friends.
Visitors will be able to enjoy an egg hunt with a difference – looking for the ducks hidden around Fradley Pool, solving the puzzle and claiming a prize. They will also be able to make special duck head-dresses and try their hands at a hook-a-duck game.
The event, which runs from 11am until 2pm, is being organised by our Explorers education programme aimed at teaching kids all about the wildlife of their local canals as well as how to enjoy them safely.
As part of the activity, which is being run by our volunteers, visitors will also be able to make their own bag of duck food made from some of their favourite healthy snacks.
In recent years we have encouraged people to swap unhealthy bread for more natural treats such as peas, oats and sweetcorn. These treats provide more nutritional value for the ducks and reflect more closely what they would naturally eat.
Sarah Cook, our education coordinator, said; "Everybody loves ducks so this event promises to be a really fun day. It’s a great opportunity to spend some time together over the Easter holidays and enjoy getting outdoors.
"Hopefully people will head home having had a great time and learned a bit about what we should all be giving to ducks when we go to our nearest canal - so we’ll have happy visitors and happy ducks."
The day is run by volunteers and is part of our monthly programme of events enabling local people to get out in the fresh air and learn about their local history. The junction, near Lichfield, marks the meeting point of the Trent & Mersey and Coventry Canals and has supported a hive of activity on the canal over the past two centuries.
The event takes place at Fradley Junction (DE13 7DN). All activities are free although parking is pay and display.
Follow this link to read more about our Fradley Family Days