Latin name: Sturnus vulgaris

Starlings spend a lot of the year in large flocks and at certain times of year fly in unison creating breathtaking displays. Starlings look black at a distance but when seen closer they are very glossy with a sheen of purples and greens.

Despite being common they have suffered significant national declines as a result of the loss of suitable nesting habitat in buildings and habitat changes since the 1970’s.  However, good numbers of Startlings can be still be found in and around many of the farms villages throughout the Yorkshire Dales National Park.  

At risk?

The population of this species is declining in the UK. In 2007 it became a UK Biodiversity Action Plan priority species and in 2011 it was added to Nature in the Dales: 2020 Vision the second biodiversity action plan for the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

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Wharfedale in Yorkshire is a valley favoured by nature and enriched by romance. From 'Wharfedale' by Ella Pontefract & Marie Hartley

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