The Ducks

The College ponds are central to our gardens, and home to ducks of many breeds.

We have two main areas of water: the small pond in Chapman's garden (much liked by the more exotic species) and the central pond in the Paddock. Both ponds are fed by Hobson's Conduit, which runs through the centre of historic Cambridge.

The Paddock pond was our founding Dominican monks' fishpond in the Middle Ages, and has been modified over the years since the College's foundation. Before the 20th Century, the pond was rectangular, the central island & curving outline were added in the late 1960s.

Our ducks are very much part of Emmanuel, & are never culled. And neither are they eaten by College members...!