three ducks on the handrail of a walkway over a lake

Ever wondered why ducks and other wildfowl hardly move during cold weather? It`s because they are trying to conserve energy to control their core temperature. Flying takes up valuable energy reserves which is better used foraging for food and resting, so being chased by a dog can be exhausting for them. Even in more clement weather, allowing your dog to charge through a group of birds on our green spaces may be fun for the dog, and to some extent satisfy its predatory instincts, but it is not fun for the birds and in these colder periods is potentially the difference between life or death. 

As much as possible please keep your dogs on leads to keep them away from wildfowl and other birds.