One of our favourite post-lockdown activities has been feeding the ducks, geese and swans. It’s a great activity to do with our youngest who can now get involved and my eldest enjoys the activity too. It’s cheap, outdoors and we tend to feed the ducks whilst also on a walk. So I have decided to compile a list of places to feed the ducks in Berkshire and the surrounding areas.
Where can I go to feed the ducks, geese and swans?
California Country Park, Wokingham has a large lake where you can feed the birds. There is also a cafe and play area (plus paddling pool – seasonal). You need to pay to park at California Country Park. Click here for the charges.
Caversham Bridge, Reading. We have not personally fed the ducks here but I have heard that by Caversham Bridge along the river is a good spot to feed the ducks, geese and swans.
Goring Gap near Reading, if you head down towards Goring Lock there are birds to feed along the river here. You can park in the pay and display car park in the town and walk down to the river.
Herschel Park, Slough has a pond in the middle of the park. We fed the ducks here and saw a heron at the same time. There is a small free car park, click here to view a map of the park.
Hurley Riverside is not only a lovely place to visit but we have enjoyed feeding the ducks and swans here on several occasions.
The Nature Discovery Centre, Thatcham. We haven’t fed the ducks here but have heard it is good and apparently the Nature Discovery Centre is a wonderful place to walk – we look forward to visiting.
Ray Mill Island, Maidenhead is another good place to feed the birds. There is also plenty to see at do on the island too. There is a pay and display public car park just up the road from Boulter’s Lock.
Westmorlands Park, Warfield – there is one large pond at Westmorlands Park, there are ducks that can be fed and during Summer 2020 there was also a family of swans. There is a free car park.
Windsor – there are lots of swans, geese and duck along the River Thames by Alexandra Gardens who are used to being feed regularly. You can also buy food to feed the birds from some of the local catering vendors. We park near Alexandra Gardens.
Outside of Berkshire
Lightwater Country Park, Surrey has a couple of lakes dotted around the site for feeding the ducks. It’s a great place to walk, there is a park, cafe and toilets plus free parking.
Runnymede, Surrey – we tend to go to the Runnymede Pleasure Ground to see the boats, feed the ducks, swans and geese and have a play in the park. It’s a good place for a picnic too. The cafe sells duck feed. Read more about our visit here. Parking charges apply.
Marlow is another good destination for feeding the birds. Click here to read more about the walk we do when we visit the town and a good place to park.
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