Duck at the town hall

A duck that is nesting and layed eggs in the flower bed outside Wakefield Town Hall.

A duck that is nesting and layed eggs in the flower bed outside Wakefield Town Hall.

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A DUCK has set up her nest in the flowers outside Wakefield Town hall.

The mallard hen has built the comfy nest to protect her precious eggs in a planter on Wood Street.

And her male drake has been spotted flying back and forth dropping off food for his hungry mate.

A section of the town hall steps have been cordoned off to protect the bird whose eggs are expected to take several weeks to hatch.

And experts have warned people to stay away to protect her eggs.

Margaret Overend, of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, said: “The next few weeks are going to be crucial for the duck who needs to be left alone and undisturbed to get on with the job of looking after the eggs until the chicks hatch out.

“If all goes well, mum will lead the newly-hatched chicks to the closest bit of water she can find.

“Fluffy ducklings are delightful, so let’s hope we soon see a new family heading back to the water.”

The duck was first spotted waddling about outside the Town Hall last April during heavy rain.

Her new home is in a prime position to see the celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend.

Coun Peter Box, leader of Wakefield Council, said: “Everyone is welcome to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with us here in Wakefield and see the Olympic torch come through the city to the Town Hall.

“We don’t want to ruffle any feathers so we are treating our duck royally and hope she has a quacking good time.”

The council wants help in naming the duck.

Suggestions should be sent via Twitter to @MyWakefield by Wednesday, June 7.