Starlings come home to roost in Aberystwyth


Thousands of starlings are wowing spectators in the seaside town of Aberystwyth as they put on their own end-of-the-pier show.

The birds come together in enormous flocks to roost, in a stunning display know as a murmuration, describing the sound and sight of thousands of wings beating as the starlings swoop like a swarm of bees.

However, some conservationists fear displays like this could disappear, as the numbers of British starlings have dropped 50% in the last two decades - while their visiting cousins from northern Europe are thriving.

It is thought a lack of food during the breeding season between late March and early June could be the cause.

BBC Wales' Simon Pusey caught the birds' act, as they prepared to bed down for the night on the town's pier.

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