Wednesday 4th June 2008 by C. Freeman
A pond has been constructed at Brooke Weston for a brood of ducklings. The seven chicks hatched in the enclosed courtyard and so Buildings Management constructed the temporary pond from a polythene membrane, carpet tiles and railway sleepers, and bought specialist duck food for the new arrivals.
Buildings Manager, Shaun Houghton said: 'Ducklings need access to water within a day of hatching and so we needed to build this as a temporary measure.' Unfortunately three of the ducklings have been taken by predators such as red kites and rooks, but there is also another duck incubating another clutch of five eggs in the courtyard so hopefully there will be more mouths to feed.
When they are older the ducks and ducklings will be encouraged to leave the courtyard to take up residence either on the pond in front of College or on the lake where they will join the geese, tadpoles and other wildlife on site.