Not too cold for mallard ducklings, who hatch way out of season

This wild mallard has shocked staff with her early brood Credit: Slimbridge Wetlands Centre

A wild duck has caused a stir in Slimbridge by hatching a brood of ducklings completely out of season.

You'd normally expect to see these mallard youngsters in the spring and summer months. The ducklings are thought to be only two-days-old. Over the next couple of weeks they will grow quickly and develop feathers.