illegal duck

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The Wood Duck is a small & compact Duck. The males are vividly marked so are easily recognisable. Small numbers of feral Wood Ducks have been observed in the wild in the UK since the 19th century. They nests in  holes in trees and so have the potential to compete for nesting sites with our native bird species that have similar requirements. Wood Duck is listed under Schedule 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 with respect to England, Wales and Scotland and due to this, it is an offence to release or allow the escape of this duck into the wild. This pair were spotted today at Fritham in the New Forest.

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