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Lyn Thomson is upset that someone leaves bags full of bread scattered in Kev Hooper Park, Inala for birds to feed on every day. Photo: Inga Williams / The Satellite
Lyn Thomson is upset that someone leaves bags full of bread scattered in Kev Hooper Park, Inala for birds to feed on every day. Photo: Inga Williams / The Satellite Inga Williams

THE pigeons who live around Inala's Kev Hooper Park must think they've died and gone to bird heaven.

Piles of old bread are being dumped throughout the park, and birds are making the most of the bounty.

But whether the offerings are being made out of a love for birds or to conveniently discard waste, Inala resident Lynette Thomson says it has to stop.

Ms Thomson said she first discovered the disposed bread scraps months ago and has witnessed it many times since.

"I'm not sure who is doing it...but it's disgusting," she said.

"Piles and piles of bread are strewn about around the trees, some relatively fresh, others rock hard and green with mould.

"There's such a thing about feeding birds a few breadcrumbs - but this is ridiculous."

Ms Thomson said the dumped bread not only spoiled the park's appearance but was also having a negative effect on the local wildlife.

"Too much yeast can't be good for the birds," she said.

"They're not searching for their proper diet anymore and now the green lorikeets are even starting to feed on it.

"It's also attracting rats...I decided to clean it all up once and it took me more than an hour."

RSPCA wildlife nurse Jessica Vincent agreed there were numerous risks to feeding birds such large amounts of bread.

"Firstly the birds can encounter digestive issues, particularly if they are near water," she said.

"The yeast can expand and cause blockages along their digestive tract...it can also cause yeast infections.

"The fact these animals become reliant on inappropriate food instead of their natural high protein diet can leave them skinny and underweight from emaciation," she said.

"Finally animals that would normally avoid each other come to together to feed on the same food source, which can increase the risk of disease outbreaks."

Richlands Councillor Milton Dick said he understood why people may want to feed local birds, but leaving full loaves of bread in the park was not the best way to do that.

"Instead of leaving this bread in the park, if it's edible I encourage whoever is responsible to donate to a food bank or worthy charity," he said.

If anyone has a concern about a council park in Richlands, they are encouraged to call Cr Dick at his office on 3407 1211.

Topics:  birds park wildlife


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