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Mesmerising video shows murmuration of starlings swooping and twisting over nature reserve in Netherfield

by David Bratton
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Starlings in Netherfield

This is the incredible moment thousands of starlings swoop across the sky above a nature reserve in Netherfield.

The footage, captured by Mark Glover, who helps run Netherfield Lagoons, shows the birds form shapes above one of the lagoons during their murmuration in the sky. 

A murmuration is a phenomenon that sees hundreds or thousands of starlings fly together in the sky to form co-ordinated patterns.

PICTURED: Starling

Mr Glover, who is also chair of the Gedling Conservation Trust, told Gedling Eye: “Thousands of starlings have been taking part in a mass murmuration each evening for the last few weeks before landing to roost in the reedbeds of the Netherfield Lagoons.

“Starling murmurations like this provide one of the greatest wildlife spectacles to be seen in this country and it can be seen most evenings right here in Netherfield.

“Up to 10,000 birds have been seen is balletic displays that take the breath away. The large numbers of starlings using reedbeds underlines the importance of the site.

The starling is a red listed species in the UK and the Netherfield Lagoons provide a vital winter refuge for them’. “

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