Can you actually view them at dusk if you walk along the canal or is it too far from there?Just north of the Wildfowl Trust at Slimbridge there are reed beds which attract spectacular flocks throughout the winter. Numbers have halved since the eighties though. A local uni has just started a survey into the decline of the Starling and hope to come up with some answers so that they may be protected.
In the past we have watched them from some high ground which overlooks the reed beds. Don't have a sat nav or a detailed map so my apologies for being unable to give you a specific location. Wait out for a bit though and I'll look on OS maps online.Can you actually view them at dusk if you walk along the canal or is it too far from there?
The local Peregrine hangs about on a large buoy out in the estuary where the gas barge that blew the old railway bridge up foundered. When she gets in amongst them the flight becomes frenetic. She's successful about twice in five stoops on those occasions we've been privileged to witness the hunt. Will definitely go back this winter too to have a look, and thanks for getting our last remaining old grey cell working. We had nearly forgotten this wonderful place ourselves.Thanks for that will put on the list for somewhere to go this winter.
I just find them truly mesmerising.
Even better put to music...... fascinating to see the ? falcon/sparrow hawk in amongst them.