Loving our Lake
Gresford Village Lake is a popular destination for people of all ages hereabouts. It is beautiful and always interesting no matter the time of year. One ongoing debate is whether it is actually a ‘lake’ or a ‘pond’ – people take up their positions on this and debate can be heated! Either way, it is a lovely stretch of water and a great asset to our community.
Annual lake clear up
Every year – usually early in September – a group of enthusiastic volunteers get together to clean up our village lake. It gets too full of nutrients and grows a lot of algae which is harmful to the creatures which make their home there. The volunteers get right into the water and clear it all up ready for another year of providing a healthy environment for our ducks and fish. Keep an eye on the website for dates when the Big Lake Clear Up 2022 is happening and you can get involved – it’s a lovely couple of days!
Helping our ducks to stay healthy
We all know how much children, in particular, love to feed the ducks but not a lot of us know that bread is actually not very good for the ducks and can, in fact, make them quite ill! Here are some great suggestions for alternatives to bread which our ducks will really thank you for!
Thank you for not feeding us bread!
Bread makes ducks ill, as it does not contain the right nutrients, or calories, that they need to keep them warm in winter. On top of this, rotting bread pollutes the water and causes nasty surface algae which kills the fish and gives the ducks diseases. It can harm the growth of ducklings, and attract rodents and other pests!
Ducks love foods that are similar to the natural seeds, grains and plants which they forage on their own, such as:
- Cracked corn.
- Wheat, barley or similar grains.
- Oats (uncooked; rolled or quick).
- Rice (cooked or uncooked).
- Birdseed (any type or mix).
- Grapes (cut in half).
- Frozen peas or corn (defrosted, no need to cook).
- Mealworms (fresh or dried).
- Chopped lettuce or other greens or salad mixes.
- Vegetable trimmings or peels (chopped).
- Duck feed pellets, or poultry starter pellets, are another great option. These can be purchased from farming or agricultural supply stores.