Watch out for ducklings in Rockingham

Watch out for ducklings in Rockingham

DUCKLING season has started for 2018, with residents in the City of Rockingham urged to take care around the City’s wetlands and surrounding roads.

While duckling season usually begins in September, the City has received reports of ducklings emerging from their nests in recent weeks.

As ducks often nest in hollows a long way from the nearest wetlands, they often have to travel across parks, streets or main roads to reach water.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels encouraged residents to be mindful of wildlife when going about their daily business.

“The City’s parks and wetlands are a hive of activity at this time of year, with many animals on the move,” he said.

“The chance to see animals in their natural setting is a fantastic part of living in our City but we also urge residents not to feed the ducks as it can upset the natural balance of things.”

A range of problems can arise from humans feeding ducks and they include poor health, aggression, unnatural increases in population and a reliance on humans as a food source.

Residents who come across sick or injured wildlife can contact the Wildcare Helpline on 9474 9055 for assistance.