The big duck!
From the "world's largest" department, I've just come across this.
Council to fine duck over-feeders
The BBC reports that a council is to fine duck over-feeders.
Park visitors in Leicester are leaving too much food for the ducks, and consequently attracting vermin to the park. Signs are being errected to warn them about the new fines.
The ducks most likey to carry bird flu
The BBC reports on The species of ducks most likley to carry bird flu into the UK.
They are the Bewick's Swan, Mallard, Pintail, Pochard, Shoveler, Teal, Tufted Duck, White-Fronted Goose, Whooper Swan, and Wigeon.
Monitor ducks at your university for avian flu
With Avian flu now having a presence in the UK it is more important that ever to look out for signs of any dead birds at your university. Frequent counting of the ducks at your university can help monitor the numbers to ensure no sudden population changes are taking place. If you find any dead wildfowl please remember to report them to Defra
The best way to freeze a duck?
I work for bja Refrigeration Consulting Engineers and in the office the other day we were discussing the best way to freeze a duck. Some products have interesting properties when you try to freeze them. Ice cream for example must be stirred whilst being frozen, and once frozen still contains a concentrated liquid solution within its structure. It must be stored at -23C to prevent it from going gritty due to expansion and contraction of the liquid particles.
Ducks contain a lot of fat compared to other meat. Fat acts as insulation, and will slow down the freezing process, possibly resulting in uneven freezing. We haven't as yet conducted any tests into the freezing of ducks, but as and when we get any results we'll let you know.
What do you get if you cross a duck and a cow?