Aylesbury Ducks

Does anyone know about ducks please? Just contemplating next March and the re-introduction of Chickens and Ducks to our family. The ducks themselves will probably be in the garden as well as the pen behind. The chickens will just be in the pen behind. So the ducks will need to mix with the chickens.

You don’t have a slug problem, you have a duck deficiency. — Bill Mollison

I’m told that ducks work well in gardens and certainly aid in a permaculture setting. Basically they love eating snails and slugs. They can nibble on young plants but are generally not as destructive as chickens! We don’t have the space in our garden – we do in the larger field but we don’t have any long lease on that land so we could lose it at anytime.

The question I want to ask is whether Aylesbury Ducks are any good in a permaculture environment? I wish I could go several breeds and see what works the best. I can’t though so I’ll stick with one breed. Probably go with Aylesbury unless anyone can offer other advice.

Whilst researching this I found this cracking post on Ducks in a permaculture setting in Scotland. Well worth a read.

From Wikipedia:

The Aylesbury duck is a breed of domesticated duck, bred mainly for its meat and appearance. It is a large duck with pure white plumage, a pink bill, orange legs and feet, an unusually large keel, and a horizontal stance with its body parallel to the ground. The precise origins of the breed are unclear, but raising white ducks became popular in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England, in the 18th century owing to the demand for white feathers as a filler for quilts. Over the 19th century selective breeding for size, shape and colour led to the Aylesbury duck.

Kath Hadden Artist

Inspired by the stunning coastline of Devon and Cornwall and the rugged landscape of Dartmoor, Kath uses sketches and photographs to create final pieces in her studio at home. Kath exhibits locally in Devon and Cornwall. She also undertakes private commissions.

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ParkLife Heavitree

Supporting and Growing Community

Park Life Heavitree aims to bring together people from all walks of life in and around Heavitree Pleasure Ground in Exeter. We believe that the park acts as a ‘community glue’ and Park Life aims to build community and bring about social change through a range of facilities, activities and services.

This project is run by a couple of friends of mine, Owain and Kath Hadden and has grown from a small acorn. Take a look and enjoy. It is an exciting project with amazing vision.

The Secret of Change

The Secret of Change is a documentary series that follows a journey of discovery, exploring communities along the West Coast of North America that are adopting the model of Transition.

The Secret of Change is a six part web series. It follows Zoe and Chris’ journey as they explore the positive steps communities in Western North America are taking towards a more resilient and localised future.

This is the crowdfunding video for a new series called ‘The Secret of Change’. The Secret of Change is a new documentary series that follows the journey of two British filmmakers as they travel the West Coast of North America visiting Transition Towns and other grassroots sustainability initiatives, meeting the people involved and hearing their extraordinary stories. This series has, until now been completely self-funded. The success of this campaign will mean that the series can be published online for FREE so that as many people as possible can view the series.

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Go and back them. This is very exciting.


One of my favourite birds and also one of the commonest. However, in recent years their urban population has fallen dramatically. Social birds that tend to nest in colonies they are happy to mix partners. They love being around people and don’t tend to stray far from them. They don’t migrate just move to the country! Their biggest enemy is the cat. But they equally love moths although they tend to be vegetarian.

Anyway, I love them and I’m hoping to put on an event in conjunction with World Sparrow Day.

From Wikipedia:

Generally, sparrows are small, plump, brown-grey birds with short tails and stubby, powerful beaks. The differences between sparrow species can be subtle. Members of this family range in size from the chestnut sparrow (Passer eminibey), at 11.4 centimetres (4.5 in) and 13.4 grams (0.47 oz), to the parrot-billed sparrow (Passer gongonensis), at 18 centimetres (7.1 in) and 42 grams (1.5 oz). Sparrows are physically similar to other seed-eating birds, such as finches, but have a vestigial dorsal outer primary feather and an extra bone in the tongue. This bone, the preglossale, helps stiffen the tongue when holding seeds. Other adaptations towards eating seeds are specialised bills and elongated and specialised alimentary canals.

Ephesians 3:10

His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms,
Ephesians 3 v 10

Manifold = Many faceted

If you have a large diamond with lots of facets on it, it will twinkle marvellously.

God has made us different because God is multi-faceted and wants to portrays his qualities in many different people. So he has put his wisdom in me in one way and in Anna my wife in another way.