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Keep Our Wildlife Wild at Verulamium Park

Please do not feed the birds

Feeding the ducks and geese at lakes at Verulamium Park is a pastime that has been enjoyed by many for generations. However, whilst it makes us feel good, it is actually making the ducks and geese poorly!

Is it good to feed waterfowl? Toggle accordion

No, artificial feeding is actually harmful to waterfowl and bad for the lake?

Artificial feeding of waterfowl can cause:

  • Poor nutrition
  • Increased hybridization
  • Water pollution
  • Delayed migration
  • Overcrowding
  • Spread of disease
  • Costly management efforts
  • Unnatural behaviour
  • Cumulative effects
  • Devaluation of the species