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Ducklings’ lives made safer by road sign

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DUCKS can cross a Torteval lane more safely now thanks to some temporary signage.

Sue Smith has been feeding the birds at her home in Rue Genette, but they have to cross the road to get there first.

‘Broods have such a hard time with predators such as crows and buzzards and I

just wanted to help them a bit,’ she said.

‘Cars go a bit fast down here sometimes and I just wanted to give the ducks a better chance of survival.’

The birds are never far from ponds in a meadow across the road and a neighbouring property. Mrs Smith said she had seen probably 10 broods so far this nesting season, but the mortality rate was high.

(Picture by Sophie Rabey, 28286868)

One brood had nine chicks to start with.

‘Ducks have more than one brood in a nesting season and that’s probably because they lose so many chicks to predators.’

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The road sign encouraging traffic to slow down has attracted a lot of interest.

‘People have been quite tickled by it, particularly with the milk churn. I hope people will find it uplifting in these difficult times.’

(Picture by Sophie Rabey, 28286862)
Nigel Baudains

By Nigel Baudains
News reporter

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