Burnham-on-Sea & Highbridge Town Council

Quack, Quack, Quack – Win, Win, Win – A first in England

Quack, Quack, Quack – Win, Win, Win – A first in England

A climate-friendly, solar-powered duck food dispenser is set to be a ducks’ delight in Apex Park in Highbridge and is being installed today.   Sedgemoor District Council are working with The Feed Ducks Initiative to provide a solar powered duck food dispenser which is made from recycled plastics – the equivalent of 20,000 plastic bottles.    Apex Park is the first in the UK to have a contactless solar powered feeder model – and probably a world first.

The duck feed dispensers are contactless and for a small fee dispenses healthy duck food for the visitors to Apex Park to use when feeding their local ducks. A portion of the proceeds are donated back to the Friends of Apex Park to help develop biodiversity and environmental programs at their local Park; the other proceeds are for the duck food itself.

With many people and children walking out and about, in parks, by the canal or river, it’s always lovely to see children feeding the ducks, usually with stale bread.  However, ducks need a varied diet to be healthy and bread doesn’t hold much nutritional value for ducks. It fills the duck’s stomach so that they don’t forage for food that they would normally eat, which can lead to malnutrition. Uneaten soggy bread can cause a build-up of bad nutrients, which can lead to more algae growing around the water. This, in turn, can attracts pest such as rats and can be harmful to dogs that drink from the lake.

If you don’t want to use the feeder, we do know that ducks to love the following foods ……

Sweetcorn – Frozen or Fresh

Lettuce – Rocket, kale and Iceburg

Peas – Frozen or Fresh

Oats – Flapjack, rolled oats or instant porridge

Seeds – Bird seeds or human seeds and nuts

Rice – Cooked or uncooked

The Feed Ducks Initiative (www.feedducks.com) is an environmental initiative aimed at reducing the amount of bread and other food which is not good for the ducks digestion, which is fed to them by visitors to the park.

Facebook Page link: https://www.facebook.com/FeedDucksOfficial 

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Grant Application Kings Coronation Form

The Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III will take place on Saturday 6th May 2023, with an additional bank holiday on Monday 8th May 2023.

We are keen to hear from groups/organisations in Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge that are looking to celebrate the Coronation. The Town Council has £1500 available to allocate to events being organised to celebrate the Kings Coronation. The maximum grant to be allocated per event will be £500.

You must meet the following criteria for your application to be considered:

– The event will be open to all members of the public

– The event will be free of charge

– The event will take place within the Coronation weekend

– The event will take place within Burnham on Sea or Highbridge


Applications will close on Monday 6th March at midday. 

Your organisation and contact details

What happens next....
Applications will be considered at the Finance and Resources Committee Meeting on Monday 13th March 2023. You will be notified after this date whether your application has been successful.
Burnham & Highbridge Town Council takes your privacy seriously and will only use your personal information for the purposes of contacting you about this grant. The Council’s privacy notice can be found here.

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