The #StarlingsRoost was opened by Brighton Green MP Caroline Lucas. yesterday (Thursday) in honor of the city’s winter starling whispers.
Caroline Lucas MP said: “It was a real pleasure to open #StarlingsRoost on Brighton’s Palace Pier, not only to celebrate our local starling whisper which brings so much joy to the city, but also to help highlight the decreasing number of these amazing birds, and how we can all help them survive in the future.
Anne Ackord, CEO of The Brighton Pier Group plc, said: “Brighton Starling whispers have been extremely popular with locals and visitors to the city for decades, so it made sense to invite a local group of starling enthusiasts and photographers, who meet every evening. in the winter to watch the whispers, to work with the pier to honor those special birds, and the result is the #Roost of the starlings!
“We hope the public will enjoy our new free exhibit, learn about starling conservation, help raise awareness, and share photos and videos of starlings on their social media platforms. “
Local photographer and #StarlingsRoost co-creator Alex Bamford said: “Like many other people in Brighton, watching the starling murmurs is a treat during the dark winter months. It’s great to see Brighton’s Palace Pier celebrate this wonder of the natural world. ”
The winter starling whispers see flocks of thousands of starlings which, just before sunset each night between November and March, cluster in flight to create huge dark, swirling clouds, before settling roost under the pier for the night.
The #StarlingsRoost is described as the only dedicated starling observation post on the south coast, featuring a darkvision camera below the pier with live feed, allowing bird watchers to observe them roosting. It is also streamed online on the jetty’s website.
The #StarlingsRoost also features works of art whispered by local photographers, information boards on starlings including how best to protect their natural environment and keep numbers from falling, and stations for origami for kids to make and decorate their own starling.
The #StarlingRoost is also supported by Brighton veterinarian and animal welfare activist Marc Abraham OBE, photographer Paul Cahill, artists Steve Geliot and Louise McCurdy, Phoenix Art Space, Brighton Photography Gallery, Latest TV, Biosphere Reserve urban area designated The Living Coast, as well as Bird Aid, a Sussex-based wildlife rescue sanctuary.