Ruddy Duck's Days Numbered
The ruddy duck, originally from North America and introduced to Britain in the 1940s, has seen its numbers cut to just 120 after a cull. Around 4400 ruddy ducks have been shot dead in the past five years. The RSPB claims the cull was justified as the ruddy ducks were a threat to the survival of other species. It has threatened the existence of the white-headed duck by interbreeding with it in Spain, leading to a call from the Spanish government for Britain’s help in culling it. The cull was carried out by DEFRA, the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.