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The breeding colony of ducks in the gardens is rather unbalanced. There are far more drakes than ducks. The imbalance makes the situation worse, because there are not enough ducks for all the birds to pair off in spring, and ducks are often drowned when two drakes try to mate with one duck. And all, ducklings and the adult birds, are vulnerable to the mink which infest the gardens, killing the smaller birds.

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