Don’t feed wildlife bread – it’s no good

Avoid bread: Residents are advised to avoid feeding ducks, fish and other wildlife bread as it causes them harm.

Avoid bread: Residents are advised to avoid feeding ducks, fish and other wildlife bread as it causes them harm.

Campbelltown Council is urging residents to refrain from feeding bread to local wildlife near the region’s ponds.

The council has installed a series of signs at local reserves to remind residents of the dangers of supplying animals with bread.

Signs have been installed at Mandurama Reserve in Ambarvale, Eagle Farm Reserve in Eagle Vale, Marsden Park in Campbelltown and the public reserve at Maryfields Bridge in Blair Athol.

The council has also made a brochure available on its website which details the dangers of feeding ducks, birds and other wildlife bread.

“We understand that feeding the local wildlife is a fun activity to do,” the brochure read.

“However, we ask that you help us help the animals by leaving your food at home and letting the animals collect their own feed naturally.”

One of the most important reasons to avoid feeding wildlife bread is that it can actually cause them harm.

“Bread is like junk food for birds, eel and fish,” the council says. “Wildlife naturally feed on a range of vegetation, insects and fish.

“Eating human food like bread, rather than their natural diet, can cause malnourishment and make them sick.

“These extra calories mean wildlife have to poo more often, which leads to more bacteria and pathogens in the water, which can cause animal disease.”

More information: campbelltown.nsw.gov.au.

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