As the days get longer and warmer, getting out of the house and enjoying our town is a must.
One of my favourite things to do with my son is simply to feed the ducks around Ramsbottom.
It’s such a simple act but to a two year old it’s a great way to get out of the house and interact with the local wildlife.
There are several great spots to feed the ducks in Ramsbottom, I’m sure you’ve got some favourites but here are the three main locations that I often visit.
What do ducks eat?
In the wild ducks would never come across a loaf of bread. Not only does uneaten bread get into the water system and encourage algae growth, it’s not a great source of nutrients for them; essentially junk-food, you should avoid feeding bread to ducks.
As ducks are omnivores, their natural diet would include a combination of various plants and animals, for example grass, weeds, algae, seeds, grain, fruit, snails, worms, insects and even some small fish.
Obviously we’re not expecting you to go foraging for snails and worms, instead you can feed ducks many things, but here are a few great examples:
Whatever you end up feeding the ducks, please don’t take too much. If the ducks don’t eat all the food it is left behind for other animals such as rats, or it will go off and can be eaten again by the ducks causing illness.
You can find some more information with regards to feeding ducks on this BBC News link.