South Scotland

In pictures: Starlings swarm over Gretna

The striking sight of thousands of starlings in a spectacular murmuration has been caught on camera over Gretna in southern Scotland.

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Image caption The birds are regularly seen in amazing formations in the skies over Dumfries and Galloway.
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Image caption Scientists have a number of theories around why the birds do it, which include safety in numbers from predators as well as keeping warm and exchanging information such as good feeding areas.
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Image caption Murmurations can see up to 100,000 of the birds gather together with the natural wonder taking place all over the UK.
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Image caption The starling population has fallen by over 80% in recent years, meaning they are now on the critical list of UK birds most at risk.
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Image caption Gretna is one of the best places to spot the birds in action, especially at this time of year.

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