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Fish and Chips Harming Eider Ducks - Wildlife Expert

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- 1613 days ago -
Eider ducks in Northumberland's coastal areas are being harmed by people feeding them fish and chips, a wildlife expert has warned.


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Dee C (229)
Sunday November 23, 2014, 8:51 am
Chris Watson says people living or visiting the area often wrongly believe eiders are tame as they are "friendly".

He told BBC Radio Four's Broadcasting House the sea birds may seem to enjoy the food but it damages their eggs.

The Northumberland coast is recognised as a haven for wild birds, including colonies of eiders.

Mr Watson, whose work as a nature sound recordist includes documentaries with Sir David Attenborough, said: "Normally eider ducks eat shellfish not fish and chips - [which is] lacking calcium so the eggs are failing.

"There's a problem because they are such attractive, friendly birds to feed, and yet the food that we are giving them - bread and things like that - is actually causing a dietary problem."

Past Member (0)
Sunday November 23, 2014, 9:02 am
What a terrible diet 4 the poor ducks--hell it's horrible 4 us too. It's illegal in many cities now to feed the ducks which i fully understand. Thanks Dee

Bruce C D (89)
Sunday November 23, 2014, 10:54 am
Good to educate well-intentioned people when they are doing more harm than good.

Dee C (229)
Sunday November 23, 2014, 11:31 am
Its so true Bruce..most people mean well when they feed any of the fowl..But it is so harmful to them..


Heidi Walderra (163)
Sunday November 23, 2014, 11:38 am
Noted and shared

Howard Crosse (21)
Sunday November 23, 2014, 12:49 pm
This is sad, where I live, around 200 miles south of Northumberland, people are always feeding the ducks in the river running through our local town. The poor things eat so much bread, it simply cannot be good for them. Natasha has mentioned that where she lives it is illegal to feed ducks, it isn't here but I cannot help but think it would be a good idea.

John B (185)
Sunday November 23, 2014, 3:40 pm
Thanks Dee for the link to the article. Why doesn't the local council pass an ordinance banning feeding the ducks? Read and noted.

Dee C (229)
Sunday November 23, 2014, 5:12 pm
Its awfully harmful for them for so many reasons..
Its actuallycauses malnutrition..deformities.. effecting their beaks..feathers..wings..feet..
Causes overpopulation which sadly then leads to their demise..

It can even change their behavior..making them territorial and very aggressive amongst themselves and with humans..
And can even alter their migration patterns..

So while one may think they are helping them..I wish they would realize they are sadly causing them harm and stress..

It should be illegal..for their sake..


Ana MESNER (201)
Sunday November 23, 2014, 11:38 pm
Noted- thak you for posting.

Danuta W (1251)
Monday November 24, 2014, 4:19 am

Gyan T (12)
Monday November 24, 2014, 5:15 am
Wasn't aware that people did this. Completely barmy. Thanks for the info.

Ramil A (269)
Tuesday November 25, 2014, 3:00 am
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