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The real Deepdale ducks stay put at development

A duck and  family of ducklings are living in a muddy puddle at the edge of a building site where development work is taking place on the Deepdale Retail Park in Preston

A duck and family of ducklings are living in a muddy puddle at the edge of a building site where development work is taking place on the Deepdale Retail Park in Preston

Despite a £16m building development going on around them, this little family of ducks have decided to stay put.

Construction work on the multi-million pound extension to Deepdale Shopping Park started back in March to build four new retail units, industrial space, retirement housing, a crèche, a new management suite and security office and 157 car park spaces.

And while the building work has gone on around them, ducklings appear to have been born on the construction site as a mother duck and nine of her newest brood have been seen waddling around and splashing about in a makeshift pond.

Deepdale resident, Mrs Knights, who lives near the development on Clifton Grove, alerted the LEP to the building site residents.

She said: “ I was a bit worried because it is such a messy place that they’re in.

“I’d like to think they’ll go somewhere a bit safer or somewhere where they’re not in danger from being run over.”

Preston City Councillor, Terry Cartwright, has also been getting in on the duck rescue effort.

Councillor Cartwright said:“On my way home I came across some residents of Holme Slack Lane who had picked the ducklings up and placed them in a recycling box as they were worried when they noticed several cats were watching them.

“After about 20 minutes the mother duck returned to where she had left the ducklings close to St Gregory’s school yard so I walked with the box containing the ducklings and the mother duck followed behind quacking away, along Blackpool Road to Clifton Grove to where they had been on the “pond” on the building site on Deepdale Shopping Park.”

 

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