Residents in Harrow Weald are being urged to keep an eye out for a mother duck and her 13 ducklings, after they were spotted in the area earlier today.
The last known location of the feathered family was on Hampden Road, Harrow Weald, at around 10am this morning (April 23).
While the mother duck is likely to know where the nearest water source is to take her young to, it is still important for residents to be aware of their presence and to avoid interfering with them.
According to advice from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), any attempt to intervene can cause additional stress to the mother duck and increase the risk of her abandoning her brood.
Update from our earlier post: Mother duck and ducklings spotted on Weighton Road, Harrow Weald. Details 👉 https://t.co/Vu8EEqQ2x7
📹 Sarah Jane O’Grady pic.twitter.com/tHtyTl7Mt2
— Harrow Online (@harrowonline) April 23, 2023
However, if the ducks appear to be injured in any way, residents are advised to alert the RSPCA immediately. The RSPCA can be contacted via their website, which also offers a wealth of information and advice on how to care for wild animals.
Harrow residents are also reminded that it is important to respect the natural environment and the animals that inhabit it.
Taking steps to protect wildlife and their habitats can help to ensure that future generations can continue to enjoy the beauty and diversity of the natural world.
As the mother duck and her ducklings continue their journey, residents are urged to keep a watchful eye and to do their part in ensuring their safety and well-being.