Geoffrey Pope Pond

 Geoffrey Pope Pond

The duck house outside the Geoffrey Pope building was added to give the local ducks protection for their nests.
It was kindly built and installed by the Campus Services joinery shop and is currently looked after by technicians in the Bioscience ARC Aquarium.
Due to the care and attention of the team, a successful brood of chicks hatched in 2016.

Photo: Charlie Tyjas

Location of Geoffrey Pope Pond



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The Hide

‘To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.’ 
 Mary Oliver

On the distant shore, the modest hide

nestles down in bush and twigs

as comfortably snug as the bottle-green head 

tucked in between the napping mallard’s feathers.


We push the door and hide ourselves:

our eyes intent behind the bottle ends

of binoculars, focussed on each snap of twig;

the distant shirr of grass tumps into feathers.

Professor Andy Brown
Associate Professor in English & Creative Writing