A Starling Murmuration is often described as one of the most breathtaking, natural sights to be witnessed in the UK. If visiting Derbyshire between November – February a starling murmuration can be witnessed each evening near the Cavendish Mill in Stoney Middleton, Derbyshire. Each evening around dusk, thousands of starlings return from their daytime feeding grounds to roost amongst reedbeds located on Middleton Moor. As groups gather together they perform a spectacular aerial dance, swirling and creating beautiful shapes before returning to roost. The reason for this gathering is thought to be the trading of information regarding feeding grounds; to keep warm and a defence against predators. Tim Birch, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s conservation manager, says: “Sights like this really are one of the most amazing wildlife spectacles on the planet and this particular roost is of county and national significance.”
Directions to Middleton Moor from the M1: Exit at Junction 29 to Chesterfield on the A617. Follow the brown ‘Chatsworth House’ signs on the A619 to Baslow. Drive through Baslow village and follow the signs for the A623 signposted Calver/ Stockport/ Manchester. Take the A623 up to the top of the gorge taking the next left at Housley, then next left onto Thunderpit Lane (signposted Cavendish Mill). Go over the brow of the hill and look out for a signed metal gate on the right which gives access to the track to the hide.
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A Starling Murmuration is often described as one of the most breathtaking, natural sights to be witnessed in the UK.