The future of our wildlife is in your hands.
WildThings are working to protect our wildlife from the inside out. By feeding bread to swans & ducks, we are unknowingly harming their health and the surrounding environment. WildThings have developed a range of nutritious feeds that contain all the vitamins and minerals our wildfowl need, protecting the future of our wildlife and ecosystem for generations to come.
Why can bread be bad?
Feeding bread to swans and ducks is a fond pastime for many of us, reminiscent of happy childhood trips to the local park. But did you know that there are healthier alternatives to bread which are much better for the birds and the environment?
Eating bread in excess can cause nutrient and vitamin deficiencies, and is linked more commonly to white bread than brown. Although fed to wildfowl for years, white bread these days is unhealthier than ever before. Made of highly-processed, simple carbohydrates, this is digested quickly without providing many nutrients. In addition, uneaten bread allows bacteria to breed and attracts rats and other vermin.
Did you know that decomposing bread can also become a home for a mould called Aspergillus, which can get into the lungs of ducks and can prove fatal in some cases. Aspergillosis treatment requires long-term antifungal therapy, often required for a minimum of 8 weeks.
Bread doesn’t remain accessible on the surface of the water, as it sinks very quickly. Sinking bread rots at the bottom of rivers and lakes, causing harmful changes to the natural ecosystem. It leads to algae growth, spreads disease and attracts pests such as rats to rivers. The algae can then bloom which is triggered by a release of high levels of nitrogen and phosphorus in the water. This is common where there are large flocks of birds with a main diet of bread, due to higher levels of faeces and urine present. The algae blooms also block out sunlight and oxygen. This can cause a detrimental effect on the natural water plants, which is the natural food that wildfowl forage for.
However, this doesn’t mean we have to stop our fun trips to the lake to feed the ducks. Giving birds the right food is good for both them and the environment. Plus, many can be found in your fridge or freezer, such as frozen peas, sweetcorn and lettuce leaves! So next time you go down to the pond, why not take a healthier alternative and do your bit to protect our wildlife.
How can you help?
There are lots of healthier alternatives that you can take down to your local lake, including sweetcorn, frozen peas and lettuce!
At WildThings we have specially developed our Swan & Duck Food to ensure a nutritious and wholesome alternative to bread, which:
- Floats on the water's surface
- Remains accessible to the birds for longer
- An environmentally friendly alternative
- Provides essential vitamins & minerals
- And Is very tasty!
Now you can do your bit by protecting our wildlife from the inside out and feed the local swan and ducks at the pond WildThings Swan & Duck food which is available at Scampers.
Scampers Natural Pet Store is open seven days a week and easy to find on the A142 Soham by-pass between Ely and Newmarket.
Scampers, Your Pet’s Natural Choice