Ducks in filth

Having ten children is hard. Ask my mum; she was one of ten. It’s a constant struggle to keep them all fed and clean. You’ve got to admire my grandmother for doing it at the same time as you admire the introduction of birth control. Large families are often a feature of ducks and this female Mallard has ten ducklings to care for:

Mallard Duckling - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Unfortunately it’s in the dirtiest and most polluted section of the Dove Stone Reservoir:

Mallard Duckling - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

It’s full of plastic drinks bottles, sweet wrappers and assorted rubbish.

A Mars a day helps pollute a waterway:

Mallard Duckling - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

There must be some sort of chemical pollution here as well:

Mallard Duckling - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

It’s essential we vastly reduce our consumption of products in plastic for our sakes but also for all of our wildlife:

Mallard Duckling - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

This duck in filth, chemical pollution and plastic would appreciate us all taking greater care.

Mallard Duckling - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

It’s also worth thinking about it being a reservoir of water for human consumption. Is this what we want our shared world to be?

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