Ducks waddle off to new home
Ducks waddle off to new home amongst the vines
24 ducks rescued by RSPCA Tasmania have found a new home at one of Tasmania’s most loved vineyards.
RSPCA Tasmania today re-homed 25 ducks to a new home at Frogmore Creek in Campania.
The ducks are not just going to a new home to live out their years; they will be put to work on pest patrol!
Frogmore creek already makes use of ducks as part of the winery’s suite of pest control measures. (Along with sheep to keep the grass down!)
The ducks in question were seized as part of an Inspectorate operation 18 months ago and the courts awarded ownership to the Society last week.
The ducks (of varying ages) will enjoy their new lives amongst the 70 hectares of vines together with a whole flock of new friends.
Ducks are well known for keeping potentially devastating pests like snails at bay and have been used in Italy, France, South Africa and other states of Australia for years as a natural adjunct to pesticides.
RSPCA Tasmania is always looking to find the best outcomes for animals.
“We are all delighted to see the ducks getting to enjoy a new life amongst the vines, and to know the ducks will serve a useful purpose makes this rehoming all the more special, “ RSPCA Tasmania CEO, Peter West said today.
5th generation local farmer Danny Belbin is Vineyard Manager at Frogmore Creek, and fully embraces the use of ducks as a sustainable option to keeping the numbers of snails under control.
“Our team are always looking at ways to help make our wine making practices more sustainable and in keeping with community expectations. These ducks will not only provide a wonderful atmosphere around the dams and vines, they will be an important part of the wine growing story,” Mr Belbin said.