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Photo gallery: Fourteen little ducklings set up camp in Thorpe End garden

07:00 27 May 2014

Getting your “ducks in a row” is something that we all try to do.

The fourteen ducklings which were hatched in Beryl Jones garden in Thorpe End, pictured following Beryl as they wait for some food. Picture: Denise BradleyThe fourteen ducklings which were hatched in Beryl Jones garden in Thorpe End, pictured following Beryl as they wait for some food. Picture: Denise Bradley

But the task is particularly tough for Beryl Jones, who has 14 ducklings waddling around her garden – the fluffy offspring of Charles and Camilla.

Her back garden pond at Thorpe End, near Norwich, has become a well-used home to a variety of the city’s wildlife over the years, including frogs, insects and dragonflies.

But now, these cute ducklings have made it their base, getting comfortable in a nest hidden around its edge.

Plumstead Road resident Mrs Jones has lived at the house for 16 years and said she was surprised to see the visitors two weeks ago.

“We’ve always had a pair of visiting ducks, of which one is a drake, and this year we spotted them in our garden early,” she said. “But they disappeared.”

And Mrs Jones has become so used to seeing the duo that she nicknamed them Charles and Camilla.

“When the mother duck returned I was not aware that she had a nest and we cannot see one, but it is somewhere around the pond.

“When I woke up two weeks ago I was surprised to see there were 15 little ducklings. Unfortunately, we have lost one but they are gorgeous and absolutely lovely.”

The ducklings are now starting to find their webbed feet and have already ventured into neighbouring gardens. Mrs Jones believed that they would be flying in just 10 weeks’ time.

“They are here most of the time still and are enjoying the sunshine.”

Have you had an unusual visitor arrive at your home? Contact reporter Donna-Louise Bishop on 01603 693892, email donna-louise.bishop@archant.co.uk or follow her on Twitter @donnaloubishop.

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