Ducks killed outside the School

Driving out on Wednesday evening 24 September (about 7.45pm), I noticed two objects in the middle of Ashwellthorpe Road, just outside the school.

On returning home about 10.30pm, I noticed that they were still there and looked to be two ducks.

Early the following morning, someone had kindly moved the deceased to the road side, but unfortunately this was directly outside the school, where children would be walking past on the way to school.

I removed them out of the way before school started.

It would appear that these were run over by a vehicle sometime the previous evening, the driver of which did not stop to attend to the dead birds.

In the five years I have lived in the village, this is the first time I can recall such an incident of “road kill”, so can I ask as a concerned member of the village, and especially considering the children who attend the school:

  • Reminder to all that there is a 30 mph speed limit (which is a maximum speed!) – Ashwellthorpe Road seems to be an attractive stretch of road for some to ignore this requirement;
  • To advise those who have staff who work in the village; or anyone expecting visitors, including companies; delivery drivers, etc; that ducks are always in or around the village, and especially in the stream next to the school, and to take extra care;
  • If in the unfortunate circumstance ducks, or any other animals, are run over, that the bodies are at least removed to the side of the road.

Many thanks

Ian Dunlop, Ashwellthorpe Road