Don't wing it with bread - give the swans something nutritious

Don't wing it with bread - give the swans something nutritious

Don't wing it with bread - give the swans something nutritious

Feed the birds: Marilyn McCarthy, volunteer feeder for Bishops Wood Swan Rescue, feeding floating swan food pellets to the swans at South Quay, Worcester, with the help of neighbours Olivia Harrington and Evelyn Whitehead (right), both six. Picture by Jo

The bags have been stocked in a number of shops in Worcester. Picture by Jonathan Barry 3114662702

FEEDING TIME: Marilyn McCarthy, volunteer feeder for Bishops Wood Swan Rescue, feeding floating swan food pellets to the swans at South Quay, Worcester, with the help of neighbours Olivia Harrington and Evelyn Whitehead, both six. Picture by Jonathan Barr

The bags of feed are now on sale in several city centre shops.

Swans make their way to the feed. Picture by Jonathan Barry 311466270

Forget the bread and give the swans a nutritious snack instead. Picture by Jonathan Barry 311466270

First published in News

FEEDING the swans on the Severn is a favourite past time - but a new project hopes to improve their diet as well as give something back.

Marilyn McCarthy, a Bishop's Wood Swan Rescue feeding volunteer, explained the swans were often hungry despite volunteers using loaves donated by Sainsbury's in St John's and people throwing bread.

Bread keeps the birds from starving as there is not enough plant life in the river for them but it is not their natural food and is quickly digested.

The project has created bags of feed especially for swans, ducks, coots and moorhens which is available from a number of shops.

Profits will go toward buying more swan food with any surplus money used for swan rescue's vet bills.

She said: "The swans are popular with locals and visitors.

"The peaceful sight of them below the Cathedral is one of the beauties of Worcester.

"If we want these lovely creatures here, we need to look after them as well as we can."

“It would be fantastic if lots of people would help by buying a bag for their walks along the river.

"Swans moult in summer and can’t fly.

"Good nutrition means they grow healthy feathers to keep out winter’s cold and wet."

The first batch of feed sold out from Worcester Cathedral gift shop within 48 hours and since then the pellets, costing £1.50, have also been stocked in Café Severn on the Quay, Croft Road, Trinity Pet Shop, Trinity Street, Nature’s Way, Foregate Street, Diglis House Hotel, gift shop Swan on Friar Street and Birch Hill Dog Rescue charity shop in the Reindeer Shopping Centre.

Retailers and people wishing to take part should call Marilyn on 01905 354274 or 07742295149.

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4:52pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Arthur Blenkinsop says...

Feeding birds with bread can, with some of the smaller varieties, kill them. It bags them out and gives them very little, if not any, actual nourishment whatsoever - especially the popular white pappy mushy bread. And because they are full of the stuff, they don't, or can't, eat the food that keeps them healthy - much the same as with us humans.
Feeding birds with bread can, with some of the smaller varieties, kill them. It bags them out and gives them very little, if not any, actual nourishment whatsoever - especially the popular white pappy mushy bread. And because they are full of the stuff, they don't, or can't, eat the food that keeps them healthy - much the same as with us humans. Arthur Blenkinsop
  • Score: 0

6:52pm Tue 29 Jul 14

voledog says...

Swans are very much like Flamingos in that their colouration is derived from the food they eat. The public should be aware that they should only feed them white bread. Slices of wholemeal or granary bread can be given to cygnets but it's best to save it for brown ducks.
Swans are very much like Flamingos in that their colouration is derived from the food they eat. The public should be aware that they should only feed them white bread. Slices of wholemeal or granary bread can be given to cygnets but it's best to save it for brown ducks. voledog
  • Score: -3

8:21pm Tue 29 Jul 14

New Kid on the Block says...

If there is not enough plant life in the River to feed them there are too many Swans.
If there is not enough plant life in the River to feed them there are too many Swans. New Kid on the Block
  • Score: 2

6:28am Wed 30 Jul 14

Perfman says...

New Kid on the Block wrote:
If there is not enough plant life in the River to feed them there are too many Swans.
A bit like the humans on this planet don't you think?
[quote][p][bold]New Kid on the Block[/bold] wrote: If there is not enough plant life in the River to feed them there are too many Swans.[/p][/quote]A bit like the humans on this planet don't you think? Perfman
  • Score: 3

11:12am Wed 30 Jul 14

Tobster says...

Well, given the vast number of bread-poisoned swan corpses that line the banks of the river severn I suppose we should just throw our stale bread in the bin instead!
Well, given the vast number of bread-poisoned swan corpses that line the banks of the river severn I suppose we should just throw our stale bread in the bin instead! Tobster
  • Score: 4

12:20pm Wed 30 Jul 14

willing says...

Perhaps while we're all happy to improve the health and wellbeing of Worcester's beautiful swans, Worcester Council might at last deliver a cull of the marauding, noisy, messy, and scavenging invasive gulls that have taken over the city centre, and steal food intended for the swans?

This plague has been getting worse over the years, but I fear those who could do something about it are too afraid of the minority animal rights lobby, instead of being concerned with the residents of Worcester...includin
g our indigenous birds
Perhaps while we're all happy to improve the health and wellbeing of Worcester's beautiful swans, Worcester Council might at last deliver a cull of the marauding, noisy, messy, and scavenging invasive gulls that have taken over the city centre, and steal food intended for the swans? This plague has been getting worse over the years, but I fear those who could do something about it are too afraid of the minority animal rights lobby, instead of being concerned with the residents of Worcester...includin g our indigenous birds willing
  • Score: 4

12:28pm Wed 30 Jul 14

liketoknow says...

voledog wrote:
Swans are very much like Flamingos in that their colouration is derived from the food they eat. The public should be aware that they should only feed them white bread. Slices of wholemeal or granary bread can be given to cygnets but it's best to save it for brown ducks.
if you feed them jammy dodgers they get a red ring on the top of their head .
[quote][p][bold]voledog[/bold] wrote: Swans are very much like Flamingos in that their colouration is derived from the food they eat. The public should be aware that they should only feed them white bread. Slices of wholemeal or granary bread can be given to cygnets but it's best to save it for brown ducks.[/p][/quote]if you feed them jammy dodgers they get a red ring on the top of their head . liketoknow
  • Score: 0

12:38pm Wed 30 Jul 14

its all spin says...

willing wrote:
Perhaps while we're all happy to improve the health and wellbeing of Worcester's beautiful swans, Worcester Council might at last deliver a cull of the marauding, noisy, messy, and scavenging invasive gulls that have taken over the city centre, and steal food intended for the swans?

This plague has been getting worse over the years, but I fear those who could do something about it are too afraid of the minority animal rights lobby, instead of being concerned with the residents of Worcester...includin

g our indigenous birds
I aren't an animal rights lobbyist or supporter, but I would like to know just why you think you have the right to kill one species and support another just because you prefer one to the other; perhaps we should start with the cause of the attraction to gulls in the city, the humans who can't be bothered to clean up after themselves and instead blame the gulls for the mess.
[quote][p][bold]willing[/bold] wrote: Perhaps while we're all happy to improve the health and wellbeing of Worcester's beautiful swans, Worcester Council might at last deliver a cull of the marauding, noisy, messy, and scavenging invasive gulls that have taken over the city centre, and steal food intended for the swans? This plague has been getting worse over the years, but I fear those who could do something about it are too afraid of the minority animal rights lobby, instead of being concerned with the residents of Worcester...includin g our indigenous birds[/p][/quote]I aren't an animal rights lobbyist or supporter, but I would like to know just why you think you have the right to kill one species and support another just because you prefer one to the other; perhaps we should start with the cause of the attraction to gulls in the city, the humans who can't be bothered to clean up after themselves and instead blame the gulls for the mess. its all spin
  • Score: 1

3:53pm Wed 30 Jul 14

liketoknow says...

its all spin wrote:
willing wrote:
Perhaps while we're all happy to improve the health and wellbeing of Worcester's beautiful swans, Worcester Council might at last deliver a cull of the marauding, noisy, messy, and scavenging invasive gulls that have taken over the city centre, and steal food intended for the swans?

This plague has been getting worse over the years, but I fear those who could do something about it are too afraid of the minority animal rights lobby, instead of being concerned with the residents of Worcester...includin


g our indigenous birds
I aren't an animal rights lobbyist or supporter, but I would like to know just why you think you have the right to kill one species and support another just because you prefer one to the other; perhaps we should start with the cause of the attraction to gulls in the city, the humans who can't be bothered to clean up after themselves and instead blame the gulls for the mess.
I suppose we should be be grateful it's only the gulls that divebomb us and pinch our icecreams. If the swans did it we would be in trouble!
[quote][p][bold]its all spin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]willing[/bold] wrote: Perhaps while we're all happy to improve the health and wellbeing of Worcester's beautiful swans, Worcester Council might at last deliver a cull of the marauding, noisy, messy, and scavenging invasive gulls that have taken over the city centre, and steal food intended for the swans? This plague has been getting worse over the years, but I fear those who could do something about it are too afraid of the minority animal rights lobby, instead of being concerned with the residents of Worcester...includin g our indigenous birds[/p][/quote]I aren't an animal rights lobbyist or supporter, but I would like to know just why you think you have the right to kill one species and support another just because you prefer one to the other; perhaps we should start with the cause of the attraction to gulls in the city, the humans who can't be bothered to clean up after themselves and instead blame the gulls for the mess.[/p][/quote]I suppose we should be be grateful it's only the gulls that divebomb us and pinch our icecreams. If the swans did it we would be in trouble! liketoknow
  • Score: 0

9:39am Thu 31 Jul 14

Hanskrankel says...

There are far too many swans and seagulls in the river.
Need to send our mate Keith over to get rid of a few
There are far too many swans and seagulls in the river. Need to send our mate Keith over to get rid of a few Hanskrankel
  • Score: 2

12:33pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Tobster says...

its all spin wrote:
willing wrote:
Perhaps while we're all happy to improve the health and wellbeing of Worcester's beautiful swans, Worcester Council might at last deliver a cull of the marauding, noisy, messy, and scavenging invasive gulls that have taken over the city centre, and steal food intended for the swans?

This plague has been getting worse over the years, but I fear those who could do something about it are too afraid of the minority animal rights lobby, instead of being concerned with the residents of Worcester...includin


g our indigenous birds
I aren't an animal rights lobbyist or supporter, but I would like to know just why you think you have the right to kill one species and support another just because you prefer one to the other; perhaps we should start with the cause of the attraction to gulls in the city, the humans who can't be bothered to clean up after themselves and instead blame the gulls for the mess.
Does anyone remember the last time they were shat on by a swan?
[quote][p][bold]its all spin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]willing[/bold] wrote: Perhaps while we're all happy to improve the health and wellbeing of Worcester's beautiful swans, Worcester Council might at last deliver a cull of the marauding, noisy, messy, and scavenging invasive gulls that have taken over the city centre, and steal food intended for the swans? This plague has been getting worse over the years, but I fear those who could do something about it are too afraid of the minority animal rights lobby, instead of being concerned with the residents of Worcester...includin g our indigenous birds[/p][/quote]I aren't an animal rights lobbyist or supporter, but I would like to know just why you think you have the right to kill one species and support another just because you prefer one to the other; perhaps we should start with the cause of the attraction to gulls in the city, the humans who can't be bothered to clean up after themselves and instead blame the gulls for the mess.[/p][/quote]Does anyone remember the last time they were shat on by a swan? Tobster
  • Score: 2

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