Visitors to Ipswich’s Christchurch Park have been asked not to feed bread to the ducks.
Giving bread to ducks is like giving them junk food, it also pollutes the water, encourages harmful algae and attracts rats, according to Ipswich Borough Council.
Large quantities of bread stops ducks from eating a natural, balanced diet. While the birds might find it tasty, the danger is that they will fill up on it instead of other foods that are more beneficial to them.
A Council spokesman said: “There’s also a risk that ducks and other water fowl could get an illness known as angel wing, which is caused by not getting the right nutrients in their diet. This can hamper the way they fly or even stop them altogether, which could obviously be fatal.”
The Council does not want to spoil families’ enjoyment. “Please come and feed the ducks but do it sensibly so your children and future generations can enjoy it, too.
“Putting down too much bread in one area also leads to a significant increase in the rat population, so in order to help with the health of our ducks and to prevent an increase in rats, please put down just a little bread or duck food which is immediately consumed and not a whole loaf!”