STRANDED ducklings have been rescued from the middle of the A338 Spur Road by police.

Dorset Police officers rescued two families of ducklings from the busy road on Wednesday.

Concerned motorists had reported seeing ducklings stranded on the central reservation of the A338 near Ashley Heath at 9.18am.

Officers attended and briefly blocked traffic to allow for the ducklings to be safely rescued.

Then at 10.45am, Dorset Police received a further report of another nine ducklings obstructing traffic on the A338 between the Blackwater junction and Matchams Lane.

Officers attended and the ducklings were recovered safely.

All of the ducklings have now been taken to the RSPCA centre in Ashley Heath, where they will be cared for before being transported to the charity’s dedicated wildlife centre.

RSPCA Ashley Heath posted on social media: “We would like to thank Sgt. 2400 Martindale and Staff. 8513 Boon Dorset Police for rescuing the ducklings stranded in the middle of the A338.

"They are now safe and warm and will be looked after at the centre prior to being transported to our dedicated wildlife centre.”