*Please note that this blog was written before the government lockdown announcement on 5 January. In light of these recent announcements, we urge you to follow the legislation around non-essential travel and please visit your most local nature reserves and green spaces for essential outdoor exercise*
As you may know, starling season is our busiest time of year for visitors at RSPB Ham Wall and across the Avalon Marshes from October through to March. It is with great sadness that this year we are asking our visitors to try and visit an alternative local roost instead where possible, and to think carefully before travelling to our site due to the difficulties created by Covid 19 and the need for social distancing.
Please visit starlingsintheuk.co.uk to find out where your local alternative roost is to visit - we’d hate for you to be disappointed on arrival here at RSPB Ham Wall. If you’re travelling from further afield, there is also a great range of our other reserves that host starling murmurations that are worthwhile visiting instead, including:
We understand that a visit to the Avalon Marshes starling roost is an annual tradition for many and naturally people will be disappointed that the experience will not be the same this year. However, it is necessary that we ask people to consider everyone’s safety before visiting, including our own staff and volunteers as well as other site visitors. We hope that you are able to find an alternative roost to visit that you can enjoy safely, and the Avalon Marshes starlings will be here to greet you once it is safe for large groups to gather again.
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