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Whilst visiting us between November – February don’t miss the chance to witness the amazing starling murmuration which takes place near the Cavendish Mill in Stoney Middleton (approximately 20 minutes car journey from Cruck Barn Cottage).

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.

Here are some pictures taken February 2014