We are very fond of water birds. A stilted looking Mallard duck, with three ducklings in tow have made their home around the bows of the houseboat. They are really decoys of the plastic variety, made in Norwich. Decoys are usually employed on back waters to encourage water birds for wild fowling purposes. We are happy for them to mill about for the peaceful purpose of promotional mascots to entice visitors to purchase packets of water bird food, which is for sale nearby.
Feeding birds on the water gives visitors much pleasure. We have selected some nutritious and environmentally friendly food suitable for tame water birds, such as swans and ducks (as opposed to feral pigeons).