Feeding village ducks is fowl play, says Sheffield council

Vistors feeding ducks at Low Bradfield near Sheffield (yesterday Monday) after a plea by the parish council not to feed them ' See story Martin  Slack Picture Chris Lawton   '30th July 2012
Vistors feeding ducks at Low Bradfield near Sheffield (yesterday Monday) after a plea by the parish council not to feed them ' See story Martin Slack Picture Chris Lawton '30th July 2012
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IT MIGHT sound quackers - but children visiting a Sheffield beauty spot are being asked not to feed the ducks for heath and safety reasons.

It’s always been considered a treat for kids to be taken to the picturesque village of Bradfield and then handed a bag of bread to feed their feathered friends.

But now the parish council has put up signs at the picnic spot close to Dale Dike Reservoir, asking visitors not feed the ducks.

It happened after feathers were ruffled by a complaint about the over-fed fowl fouling the area.

There are also concerns that the ducks’ leftover lunches are attracting vermin.

And, despite the signs going up, the problem is said to be getting worse with people continuing to feed the ducks.

Now the local farm shop has stopped selling bread, and councillors have asked Sheffield ecologist Dr Ian Rotherham for his advice on how to tackle the fast growing duck problem.

A statement issued by Bradfield Council described the ducks as a ‘health and safety hazard’.

“We get a lot of people feeding the ducks,” said the council in a statement. “If the food is left uneaten it can attract pests.”