MOULDY WAY TO TREAT DUCKS: Twice in the last week I have had to remove large quantities of mouldy, sliced bread from around the pond. Do people really think this is an appetising treat for the ducks? Even fresh bread is not a good food for ducks and can cause serious disease. If large amounts are left around uneaten, it can attract other unwanted creatures such as rats and seagulls. The bread is even bad for the health of the water and causes it to grow too much algae. We have had a couple of broods of ducklings this year but sadly they have been picked off by predators, which are encouraged by the constant free bread. Gulls take eggs from the nests and will also attack and eat the young. If you would like to keep feeding the ducks, safe foods include corn, defrosted frozen peas, wheat, barley or similar grains, oats, rice (cooked or uncooked), birdseed (any type or mix), grapes (cut in half), earthworms, mealworms, chopped lettuce or other greens or salad mixes, chopped vegetable trimmings or peels, duck pellets. Unsafe foods include bread, chips, crackers and biscuits, popcorn and sugary foods such as sweets, chocolate and sweetened breakfast cereals. The farm shop usually has bags of suitable duck food available.

CAKE AND ART: Humans on the other hand can safely eat sweet foods (within reason) and you are very welcome to come and enjoy our home-made cakes and teas until September 6. Teas will be available on Saturdays too as our annual Artwave exhibition starts tomorrow, Saturday. We have a fabulous line up this year (artists as well as cakes) including the wonderful David Armitage returning for a second year, and Rachael Plummer showing some of her exciting and moving work in the church. We are open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from August 22 to September 6, 11am to 5pm. We are also open on Bank Holiday Monday. A full list of exhibiting artists is available on the Artwave website.

THE KEEP: There are some very interesting events on at The Keep, most of them free. Coming up on September 10 and 11 there are behind the scenes tours looking at some of the fascinating documents that they hold from County records, the Royal Pavilion and the University of Sussex Special collections. Tours are from 11am to noon and 2pm to 3pm. There are a maximum of 12 people per tour and places can be booked through the Keep on 01273 482349 or email thekeep@eastsussex.gov.uk I recommend that you look at their website as other forthcoming events look great fun. E-mail: thekeep@eastsussex.gov.uk

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