The last of this year’s ducks have been released.
Some ducks are happy for you to put a ring on
120 ducks have all been ringed and placed into a secure ponds along with our previous releases. This is part of an ongoing conservation project to provide long term sustainability to management of club land. Maintaining the local population of mallard and increasing nesting areas for future generations.
Members working together to ring the ducks
On Sunday 3rd July 20 plus Clevedon Wildfowling Association members and members from 2nd Clevedon Scout Group joined forces to undertake the annual foreshore clean up along the sea wall from Channel view farm down to the mouth of the River Yeo.
After securing the boundary fence, 18 mallard ducks were released into a secure pond.
The work party on the pond turned into a dirty days work. Reed pulling and general maintenance was carried out by a number of members last Sunday. Young members got involved by helping on the bank side. A real good start to the clean up was made. Some members took a dip in the pond to cool off, or so they said.
We even had a couple of spectating swans watching over us as we worked.
During a routine check of our nesting sites this weekend we have discovered some hatchlings. While the mallards are still sitting tight, a pair of Canada geese have successfully hatched 6 goslings. Spring is in the air.
We posted a few weeks ago about our on going conservation project where we have been creating duck nesting tubes to increase safe nesting sites, to help raise the hatching rate of wild mallards. We are pleased to announce that after doing our routine inspections that some of those nesting tubes are now in use.
Hoping that our next sighting is of a healthy paddling of ducklings.
Duck sitting on eggs in a Clevedon Wildfowling Association made nesting tube.