Firm helps Glasgow school protect new ducklings from foxes

PORTAKABIN (Scotland) has built a raised duck house for Stepps Primary School after pupils sent a letter to the firm.

The firm is currently part way through a five-week installation of a new classroom at the Glasgow school. It received a letter from pupils asking if it would be possible for them to build a duck house, due to fears that foxes would get ducklings living on the school grounds.

Head teacher, Paul McKeever, sent the Portakabin (Scotland) team the pupil’s SOS. It read, “I am writing to you to ask for help with something really important.  We have just had some new and special additions to our school family…. five beautiful ducklings have recently hatched… but we have a BIG PROBLEM! … We hope since you are amazing builders that you might be able to help us by creating a special raised large duck house … to keep out the foxes.”

Paul added, “We’d been teaching our pupils all about ducks and they were so excited by the arrival of the five little ducklings.When they wrote about a place to protect them from foxes, we thought we would ask the advice of the Portakabin team – we were absolutely thrilled when they designed and built a new Duck House for us in a matter of days. It was very special gift for the school and we can’t thank Portakabin enough.”

Portakabin (Scotland) site manager, Nick Butler, said, “When we received the letter from the pupil, we knew it was our duty not to duck the challenge and took on the task without getting in a flap. We’ve received more than 40 thank you letters from the children at Stepps Primary which were lovely to read and we’ve met up with them to see how the ducklings are enjoying their new home. We were delighted to help.”