Search

Best thing since sliced bread? Havering Council says feed ducks lettuce

16:05 25 June 2014

Ducks filled with nutritious lettuce turn their backs as Cllr Melvin Wallace takes a break from feeding them with (L-R) Elise Franklin, 3, Jo Allan, and Ollie Hollis, 3.

Ducks filled with nutritious lettuce turn their backs as Cllr Melvin Wallace takes a break from feeding them with (L-R) Elise Franklin, 3, Jo Allan, and Ollie Hollis, 3.

Archant

The best thing since sliced bread or just plain quackers? Havering Council is urging residents to feed the birds healthy food such as porridge and lettuce.

Throughout history stale bread has been the staple fed to our feathered friends but new advice says that greens and oats make a better meal for them.

Recent issues at some of the borough’s green spaces, such as Hornchurch’s Harrow Lodge and Romford’s Raphael parks, have seen wildfowl suffer fatal consequences due to botulism - a disease that affects the nervous system.

Uneaten scraps of mouldy bread can cause the bacteria to flourish killing the birds, according to the council.

Cllr Melvin Wallace, cabinet member for culture, towns and communities, said: “In any one day, up to, or even more than 20 people can come and feed bread to the ducks, and that much bread can’t be good for them.”

Birds need a healthier and more varied diet, the council say, and greens such as lettuce and spinach as well as uncooked rice and porridge oats will do the trick.

The council is encouraging park cafes to start stocking the healthy treats.

London spokesman for the RSPB Tim Webb agreed that white bread is essentially “candyfloss” for ducks, filling up their stomachs with no nutritional value.

Cllr Wallace added: “A lot of people might take bread to feed the ducks because they have some left over, but the same applies with greens and fruits.”

While at Raphael Park, a goose walked by visibly suffering from a syndrome called Angel Wing, which can be caused by a high-calorie diet. Its wing joints were badly twisted.

Pointing to the goose, mother Jo Allan said: “This is what happens when they eat too much bread, it’s really sad, and what kind of life do they have if they can’t fly?”

Read more:

‘Don’t feed the ducks’: Havering bread throwers warned

Warning these pictures might cause distress: Hundreds of birds die in Harrow Lodge Park after ‘worst outbreak of botulism’

Video: Man shows Kermit-ment to capture frogs croaking in Hornchurch park

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 17:00
 Fatal crash scene Rainham Road, Hornchurch.

Friends and colleagues have paid tribute to a 24-year-old who was killed on Monday night when his Ford Focus hit a lamppost in Hornchurch.

Yesterday, 18:07
Police want to speak to Michael Cawley. Picture: Essex Police

Police have launched an investigation after a man was found with head injuries at a traveller’s site.

Yesterday, 16:39
Some of the damage caused at Noak Hill Victory Hall last weekend

A community is calling for help to find whoever is responsible for breaking into and trashing their hall.

Yesterday, 16:16
Lois Mackie, Mavis Lindsey, Mark Reeves, Graham Arthur, Colin Brooks and Seun Oluwaseun Okupe who work for the Harold Hill Foodbank

A foodbank is pleading for donations to help it stay open after revealing it can’t keep up with the running costs.

Most read news

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

News from your area

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24
Our trusted business finder

The robot is an extension of the surgeon’s arms – it’s not doing anything independently.

The rise is levelling off but we can’t be complacent, say researchers.

The lollipop man has been unable to return to work since the attack.

Finding the jet remains a priority for Malaysia.