Nearly nine weeks of school summer holidays presented the ideal opportunity for a summer project for young William. Two hundred duck chicks duly arrived at the start of the holidays and William’s rearing programme began.
Early starts, late finishes and the odd traumatic departure typified the next seven weeks but today saw the fruition of the project with 190 odd ducks being released onto the pond. The ducks immediately took to their new habitat which met with very noisy approval. Hoppy (so named for his deformed leg) remains at Mornacott with Dave (another duck with slightly arrested development) and they’ve joined the chickens in their pen in the hope that a little intensive care will allow them to rejoin the others in a few weeks.