Where to see spectacular starlings this winter

Where to see spectacular starlings this winter


As the cold season well and truly sets in and Jack Frost pulls a curtain over the sun, you might think there’s not much reason to turn your gaze up towards the sky at this time of year. But this winter, there’s a dazzling spectacle going on high up above our heads that’s well worth looking up for.


Starling murmurations are one of the true natural wonders of the world and now is a great time to catch them making magical patterns in the sky as they dance and twirl through the air as one gigantic group.

It’s thought that starlings group together like this because of safety in numbers. Predators such as peregrine falcons are likely to find it hard to target on bird in the middle of a hypnotising flock of thousands.

While a starling show doesn’t have an exact, prompt start – wrapping up warm to be prepared for standing a while is advised – the best time to catch them erupting out of the reeds is 7.30am as they all leave their roost to feed and again around 3.30pm when they come back. 


You can see these murmurations around the country but for the very best seat in the house of this aerial acrobatics head to one of these RSPB reserves that have been witnessing some truly mesmerising starling performances of swooping the loop. 


Mersehead had 50-100,000 visitors last winter. Check out this amazing video of a starling show here from November 2016. 


Conwy: starling murmuration peak tends to be later in winter.
Newport Wetlands: running starling and soup events in November when the numbers peak.

South West England

Marazion Marsh


East of England

Fen Drayton Lakes: Got up to about 5,000 last winter.
Frampton Marsh
Minsmere and North Warren
Strumpshaw Fen


Middleton Lakes

Northern England

Fairburn Ings
Leighton Moss
Old Moor

South East England

Brighton pier flock