Pupils await new feath­ery ad­di­tions to school fam­ily

Macclesfield Express - - NEWS - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL rhi­an­non@men­media.co.uk @rhi­an­nonMEN

PRI­MARY school chil­dren are wait­ing pa­tiently for a very spe­cial birth.

But this has noth­ing to do with the ar­rival of the Royal baby Char­lotte - in­fants at St John The Evan­ge­list are wait­ing for a fam­ily of duck­lings to hatch from a nest in their play­ground. The mother duck chose a cosy spot un­der­neath a slide in the in­fant play­ground to build a nest for her duck­lings over the Easter hol­i­day.

And with a four-week in­cu­ba­tion pe­riod staff and stu­dents reckon that the duck­lings will be mak­ing an ap­pear­ance any day.

Caro­line Waites, head­teacher at the school, said: “We came back from Easter hol­i­days and there she was.

“She built it when it was nice and quiet so she must have got a nasty shock when the chil­dren all ar­rived on Mon­day.

“But it doesn’t seem to bother her.

“She’s been sit­ting on them all day and then cov­ers them over when she goes off to get food.”

She added: “It has been the talk of the school.

“We’ve used it as a bit of a project for the stu­dents and we’ve been learn­ing a lot about ducks.

“Even big broth­ers and sis­ters have been com­ing over to have a look at the nest. “Ac­cord­ing to the RSPCA you can’t move nest­ing birds so we just have to sit and wait for it them to hatch.”

And the duck­lings ar­rival can’t come too soon for the younger stu- dents at the Ivy Road school, who have been banned from play­ing on the slide for the du­ra­tion of the duck’s stay.

And once hatched the chil­dren will face yet an­other wait as the fam­ily are ex­pected to re­main in the nest for about two weeks.

Caro­line added: “They haven’t been able to use the slide for three weeks so they will be ex­cited to get back on it. “I’m not sure what they are more ex­cited about to be hon­est.” She added: “It’s not about the gen­eral elec­tion or Kate and Will’s baby - it’s all about the ducks here at the mo­ment!”

All wild birds in Eng­land are pro­tected un­der the Wildlife and Coun­try­side and must not be dis­turbed.

●● Tyler Duffy and Sharna Jack­son, both five, await the ar­rival of the chicks at St John’s Pri­mary School

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