Feeding local waterfowl: keep food in the water to avoid mould


Visitors to Wanstead Park and Wanstead Flats are urged not to leave food for waterfowl on the banks.

“Food left on the banks turns mouldy and is extremely toxic to waterfowl, causing a fungal respiratory illness. We encourage the feeding of birds, particularly as we are now entering the colder months, but please feed them in the water and refrain from throwing in more food until they have finished what is already there. Good foods are seeds, wholemeal bread, peas, spinach and lettuce,” said Swan Sanctuary volunteer Louisa Green.