Who doubted that we would create 1,000 starlings?

September 30 2015
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Who doubted that we would create 1,000 starlings?

THE target of 1,000 ceramic starlings to be created by local residents for the ‘Bristol Murmuration’ seemed ambitious when we reported the launch of the project last month.

But the latest news from clay and ceramics specialist Zoe Cameron, who has been running a series of public workshops for adults and children, is that we’ll get there.

The Murmuration is a Neighbourhood Arts Project, celebrating local wildlife. It is funded by Henleaze, Stoke Bishop and Westbury-on-Trym Neighbourhood Partnership as a result of a £10,000 grant from Bristol Green Capital.

In the past month the Murmuration workshops have been cropping up everywhere - in Canford, Old Quarry and Fallodon Way Park, Henleaze Library, the garden of Elsie Briggs House, Stoke Lodge, Westbury Village Show (134 birds) and the Party in the Park at Golden Hill where nearly 180 birds were made.

Zoe said: “The last workshops have been in the local nature reserves of Old Sneed Park, Bennett’s Patch and White’s 

Paddock in the Avon Gorge, Badock’s Wood and even the pub gardens of Stoke Lane.

“An amazingly colourful range of starlings have been produced from different generations working side by side from 1 to 90-year-olds!”

After they are fired the starlings will appear on Durdham Downs on Saturday October 17th heralding the start of the natural starling murmuration season. People are encouraged to meet at the Downs Cafe at 10am for a 10.30am walk to the site.

The birds will link the remainder of the Seven Sisters Scots Pines with the young trees nearby, and be flying as though from the three wards. People are encouraged to bring binoculars and use public transport. The murmuration will be up until the following Sunday (October 25th.)

There will also be a Starling Stroll on October 18th from 10am to midday organised by the Avon Gorge and Wildlife Trust. It is free, but booking is essential).

Another parent and child walk will be announced via Facebook.

A small bird hide will house two volunteers who will provide information on the art project and the local wildlife, plus loan binoculars. Anyone who is interested in volunteering for a couple of hours and eating complimentary cake is encouraged to register on the project website www.bristolmurmuration.com.

After the 25th the birds will be distributed to different venues for collection. These will be announced on the website. People can reclaim their bird when they show their numbers on the back of their participation slips. In addition to the murmuration website, the project can be followed on Facebook: A Bristol Murmuration.