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Do we need to stop feeding ducks?

Malindi Wilson

A Christchurch river protection group is calling for a stop to duck feeding.

Opawaho-Heathcote River Network is urging people in Christchurch to stop feeding bread to ducks.

"It isn't great for the ducks or our waterways," the group posted on its Facebook page.

Christchurch vet Pauline Howard said it was dangerous for ducks to be fed.

"Bread can cause developmental problems to their wings and discourages them from eating their natural food which is good for them," she said.

She said people did not necessarily realise it was bad for the ducks.

Opawaho-Heathcote River Facebook post

Ideally we like to hope we can help get the message out into the community that it isn't great for the ducks, or our waterways to Feed the ducks to often, or bread.

Posted by Ōpāwaho-Heathcote River Network on Monday, 27 March 2017