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