During the winter months, crowds of people gather near the end of Brighton Pier, to watch up to 40,000 starlings fly in what is called murmurations. Starlings escaping harsh winters on the European continent join their counterparts in Britain, where temperatures and feeding conditions are more hospitable. Starlings gather in murmurations as a survival strategy - safety in numbers, to share information about feeding and for the collective warmth of body heat. In the daytime, local starlings will fly across the city and onto the South Downs to feed. Sadly, climate change and the decline of their habitat have resulted in a steady and rapid fall in starling numbers. Unless there is widescale action, the main cause of climate change - human beings - will also see their number decline, perhaps catastrophically.
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