Generations have enjoyed the seemingly innocent past time of 'feeding the ducks'. Parents taking their youngsters to the local pond or river, a few slices of white bread in a bag, to 'share' with the ducks - Not a large Wholemeal loaf as in the scene from 'About A Boy' ;-)
Combined with a stroll, it was a way of introducing children to nature, and often a good photo op for the family album.
Come to Bakewell any day, and the riverside will have children and parents feeding the ducks, and today was no exception.
However, there are boards, requesting that you Don't feed the ducks!
There are four reasons hi-lighted;
1. Large numbers of birds gathering - males will compete to mate with female birds/ducks causing injury.
2.Increased amount of bird droppings creating health problems also left over food attracting vermin
3.Decrease of green weed, which grows up the riverside. The geese and ducks eat this. The green weed improves water flow and is home to fish and other aquatic life.
4. Reduced water quality, due to waste food and bird droppings entering the water.
I'm not sure if there are wardens patrolling to keep a check on things, but it looks like visitors will continue to feed the ducks.
Someone, who shall remain nameless ;-) pointed out that they were feeding the fish, but the ducks were too quick!
In the summer be aware that parking is a nightmare. The Monday weekly market is held on the central car park that surrounds the town's supermarket, which also means don't try and do your weekly shop on a Monday. The only main parking is the Showground area on the other side of the river - even though its only a 5 - 10 min walk to the town centre its a real pain. Also you may get caught in traffic jams getting in and out of town on the Bank Holiday Monday market days. Best way is to catch a bus from Matlock, Buxton or one of the other nearby towns.