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OUT IN THE FIELD: Time to stop feeding the birds?
It’s many years now since the Little Treasures were small and wanted to go and feed the ducks in Hampden Park and Princes Park but it was a favourite pastime of ours, collecting all the old bread and throwing it to them. That tradition continues for many families but now it appears the seemingly innocent pastime could not just be bad for the birds’ health but can damage entire ecosystems. Take the current state of Decoy Pond in Hampden Park. Only a few years ago £150,000 was spent on dredging the pond but now it appears birds there are becoming poorly and some say that a bread-rich diet is causing wildfowl to become ill and, in some cases, deformed. Conservationists also warn that undigested bread sinking and rotting can create wider havoc, encouraging bacteria, mould and algae and attracting rats. Could it be time to stop throwing bread to the ducks? Perhaps community groups could instal machines dispensing proper bird food in the town’s parks in a bid to solve the pond problems.
 

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Willingdon, Wannock and Jevington
WANNOCK ARTISTS: Will be holding their annual exhibition over the August Bank Holiday, which is well worth a visit. The paintings will be displayed at Wannock Village Hall and the pre-view is today, Friday from 7pm to 9pm. Tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday the hours are from 10am to 5.30pm and then on Bank Holiday Monday the paintings can be viewed from 10am to 4pm and any purchases collected towards the end of the exhibition. Admission is free and refreshments are available. There is a disabled access as well as parking near-by. A painting by Nick Englefield has been donated for the raffle. The proceeds of the raffle are for WRAS.
 

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