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One million starlings


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                                 One million starlings

WHAT A WONDERFUL SIGHT A convergence of One million starlings swooping and swarming over Somerset as they come in to roost before dusk.

But:

The starlings of Brighton Pier and the UK as a whole are threatened with extinction due to climate change, habitat loss and modern farming practices.

This year for the first time, RSPB volunteers and Brighton and Hove Council rangers are patrolling Brighton Pier at weekends and loaning binoculars and telescopes to give watchers a closer look.

But conservationists are concerned that the birds will disappear soon due to climate change and a loss of habitat.

Dan Parkinson, from the RSPB, said 30 years ago there were 250,000 birds.

He said: “Nowadays we have not got that many – probably 10 per cent of the amount we used to have.

In the UK as a whole the population has declined by two-thirds since the 1970s and the bird is now listed as a species of conservation concern.

The next time you look up think about the starlings and what you can do to help.

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December 1, 2008 - Posted by | nature

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