Mallard

The most common water bird at Chard Reservoir. Mallard used to be reared on site.

male mallard, baz stevens 93

30/12/00 - 400 birds

05/01/01 - 400 birds

23/12/01 - 340 birds

27/09/02 - 306 birds

16/11/03 - 280 birds

13/02/04 - 270 birds

06/02/05 - 250 birds

13/12/06 - 221 birds

2007 - present but no counts

02/02/08 - 127 birds

11/01/09 - 118 birds with the reservoir part frozen

09/10/10 - 150 birds

13/12/11 - 165+ birds

10/08/12 - 120+ birds

12/08/13 - 143 birds

2014 - Nested. No large counts

2015 - 2 broods of 8 and 7 ducklings. The brood of 7 first seen on 01/07 were reduced to just one in a month. 97 on 15/11

2016 - At least 3 broods. Max 107 birds on 04/11