Places to Feed the Ducks in CoventryPublished:
Feeding the ducks is a great activity to do with the kids - it's a lot of fun for children of all ages, and it's free! If you are looking for new and different places to feed the ducks in Coventry, then look no further! We have gathered together all of our favourites.
Did you know bread is bad for ducks? So instead of bringing bread to feed the ducks, why not try something different? Scroll to the bottom of this guide to see some suggestions.
Places to Feed the Ducks in Coventry
At Coombe Abbey Park you can feed the ducks and swans both at the Main Lake and the Top Pool. Feed is available to buy at the Shop in the Visitor Centre priced at £1 a bag. Read all about Coombe Abbey Park here.
Wyken Pool is the largest expanse of water in Coventry. The rough grassland, scrub and marsh near the pool support a rich variety of wildlife, including plenty of ducks and swans. Wyken Slough Nature Reserve is an area of natural beauty, find out more here.
Stoke Floods is a picturesque nature reserve with a large pool, which attracts over 90 species of birds and ducks. Read all about Stoke Floods Nature Reserve here.
Tocil Wood is an ancient oak woodland with swamp and wet meadow which has existed for many centuries. The reserve is good for migrant warblers and over 60 species of birds have been recorded. It's a lovely relaxing place to feed the ducks and geese. Find out more here.
Abbey fields is set in the dramatic valley of Finham Brook and enjoys views of the historic town and Kenilworth Castle. The grassy slopes, lake, children's play areas and café make it an ideal spot for a day out with the kids. The picturesque lake is home to a large selection of ducks, swans and geese. Find all the information here.
Ryton Pools Country Park is situated about one mile south-west of the village of Ryton on Dunsmore. Covering 100 acres, the park is home to many different habitats of birds and other wildlife, and plenty of ducks to feed! Read about Ryton Pools Country Park here.
Swanswell Park and Pool has a tree lined ornamental pool with fountains, and a recreation space right next to the city centre. It's a great place in the city centre to feed the ducks and swans. Find out more here.
Coventry Canal Basin is a great place to explore canal heritage, spot quirky crafts in old warehouses, relax in cafes and bars and spot local wildlife on the water. Read all about Coventry Canal Basin here
Coundon Wedge is popular with walkers, dog walkers, and families, and there is a lovely duck pond which is easily accessible to all. Read more about Coundon Wedge here.
Meriden Duck Pond
There is a small duck pond in the picturesque village of Meriden, with lots of ducks, swans and geese to feed. There are a couple of benches if you want to sit and pass the time. Find the duck pond along Main Road, between the Manor Hotel and Heart of England Social Club.
Address: Main Road, Meriden, Coventry, CV7 7LB
Quinton Park is an attractive open park with a natural spring fed pool. Nestled amongst houses in Cheylesmore, this is a lovely hidden gem! You can find flocks of Canada Geese, Mallards, and many other water birds.
Address: Quinton Park, Quinton Road, Cheylesmore, Coventry, CV3 5PZ
Just outside of Coventry...
If you are looking to travel outside of Coventry to feed the ducks, then here are some ideas of where to go - all within a 1 hour drive of Coventry!
- Shustoke Reservoirs
- Draycote Water
- Malvern & Brueton Parks
- Elmdon Park
- Bosworth Water Park
- Jephson Gardens
- Hatton Locks
- Kingsbury Water Park
What should we feed the ducks?
Did you know bread is bad for ducks? Bread doesn't have much nutritional value and fills ducks up so they don't forage for foods they would naturally eat. So instead of bringing bread to feed the ducks, why not try something different?
- Sweetcorn - It turns out that ducks are quite partial to a sweetcorn - tinned, frozen or fresh.
- Lettuce - As a nation we’re guilty of throwing away a vast amount of lettuce, especially the bagged variety. Instead of consigning it to the bin, rip it into pieces and treat your local ducks. Rocket, Kale and Iceberg are all great choices.
- Frozen peas - There’s no need to cook them but make sure you defrost them first!
- Oats - Flapjacks, rolled oats and even instant porridge oats will be a huge hit with ducks.
- Seeds - Whether you buy bird seed or seeds from the healthy aisle in the supermarket – the ducks will be very grateful for these nutritious nibbles.
- Rice - Wild ducks will appreciate a handful of leftover rice from a takeaway. You can also use uncooked rice, both are fine.
We hope you have found some great places to feed the ducks in Coventry, and you find somewhere new to explore!