Chesterfield council: 'Don't feed the birds in Queen's Park'

Visitors to Queen's Park in Chesterfield are being urged not to feed the birds.

Thursday, 10th November 2016, 1:44 pm
Updated Friday, 18th November 2016, 12:21 pm
A stock picture of geese.

Chesterfield Borough Council made the plea amid fears over the birds' health and rats being attracted to the park.

Councillor Chris Ludlow, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: "We ask visitors to Queen's Park not to feed the birds, particularly the geese not only because the crumbs attract rats to the area but also because it is not healthy for the birds.

"Feeding them food such as bread can cause problems with their digestive systems and also affect their natural immunity.

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Queen's Park in Chesterfield. Picture: Jason Chadwick.

"We do, though, encourage people to come along to the award-winning park and admire the wildfowl that live there."

Queen's Park was opened in 1887 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee.

Queen's Park in Chesterfield. Picture: Jason Chadwick.