Hampton’s Ducklings leave the nest

Mother Duck and her ducklings are helped to return to the wild

Ducks01For over 20 years now, The Quad courtyard at Hampton School has been used by a mother duck as a safe location to hatch her ducklings.

This year, true to form, a mother duck arrived just after the start of the Summer Term and within a couple of days the School welcomed 13 new ducklings to the Hampton community.

After a few days exploring the pond and giant chessboard in the Quad, the Biology Department decided it was time for the mother duck and her babies to venture into the wider world and staff members helped safely escort the brood to the Longford river.

Head of Biology, Mr Phil Langton, says a mother duck has been arriving at the Quad for years now and believes that the current proud parent is probably a daughter or granddaughter of the original visitor.