A starling murmuration is an amazing sight.
At their largest you can get millions of birds wheeling about the sky just as the sun starts setting.
But it’s a phenomenon we know surprisingly little about.
Last year I reported on work by the University of Gloucestershire and The Royal Society of Biology to change all that with a citizen science murmuration survey. Twelve months on it’s time to report back and to launch phase two of this exciting research we can all help with.
Starling murmurations can occur anywhere and that’s the problem scientists face if they want to study them. They end up going to sites where they know murmurations will occur, like Brighton pier.
The upshot is we have a few well studied sites, but we can’t be sure if the starlings there are typical.