An appeal has gone out to residents living in two streets in Harleston to ask them to stop feeding the ducks.
South Norfolk Council has sent letters to residents in Wilderness Lane and Glamis Court after a number of complaints from residents about the number of ducks, the mess they leave behind and the noise they make.
Harleston town councillor Ian Broughton, who lives in Titlow Road off Wilderness Lane, called for action two years ago, but this week said he can still count up to 85 ducks on his lawn.
He said: “We have had trouble here for a few years and they seem to just multiply.
“When the sun comes up at four in the morning they seem to wake up and start quacking and with this sort of weather you keep the windows open and it is so hard to sleep.
“Not feeding them will help to a certain extent because if people put bread down they will eat it but that is not their staple diet.”
A spokesman from South Norfolk Council said they had requested advice from the RSPB and were told that if they tried to move the ducks they would just come back. He said the hope is that if residents stop feeding them they will go elsewhere to look for food.
Layla Nelson, of Wilderness Lane, said her daughter use to feed the ducklings but that they have now stopped after receiving the letters.
She said: “My garden is usually covered in ducks and duck poo. In the evenings I have never seen so many ducks in my life.
“We don’t feed the ducks anymore but I still get people who come past and throw food on my garden for them.
“They make such a mess over my garden and path and at six in the morning when they are quacking away it wakes my little girl up.”
South Norfolk Council is also putting up signs to stop the general public from feeding the ducks.
However Vicki Whitworth, who lives in Glamis Court near to the pond, said she hardly notices the ducks are there.
She said: “It’s only when you try to drive in and they just lay in the middle of the road that they are a pain but other than that we never hear them. It’s actually quite nice when there are ducklings about in the spring.”
Visit www.dissexpress.co.uk for a video of the ducks.