Nesting duck halts work on Towcester's £45m regeneration

Mallard ducklings
Image caption The mallard ducklings are expected to hatch in two weeks' time

Work on part of a £45m regeneration scheme in Northamptonshire has stopped while council bosses wait for a brood of ducklings to hatch.

A nesting mallard duck was spotted near a wall earmarked for demolition at the Moat Lane site in Towcester. Two birds' nests containing eggs were also found.

A South Northamptonshire Council spokesman said work near the nests had been suspended to protect the birds.

"We have to wait for nature to take its course and the eggs to hatch," he said.

Work recently began on the first phase of redevelopment at Moat Lane, which will eventually see a new civic building, library, register and council offices, shops and new homes.

Councillor Rupert Fordham, portfolio holder for economic development and regeneration at the council, said: "Whilst any delay to a project is frustrating, good working practices are such that we have to wait for nature.

"The arrival of the ducklings and birds is expected within the next couple of weeks.

"Once they have fledged their nests, work will once again continue," he added.

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