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A thousand starlings land on Durdham Downs

1000 ceramic starlings on Durdham Downs. Credit: ITV West Country

A flock of 1,000 ceramic starlings have arrived on Bristol's Durdham Downs.

It's hoped the art installation will help raise awareness of the decline in the starling population. Each bird has been handmade by people from Henleaze, Stoke Bishop and Westbury-on-Trym.

October is the best time of year to see starling murmurations - where the birds can be seen flocking in their thousands in the early evening.

Starling murmurations Credit: PA

Members of the public will be able to see the installation on the corner of Parrys Lane until October 25.

Volunteers will be on hand to provide information on the project at a bird-hide on sight.

Sheep take to the Downs in an ancient tradition

The grass is always greener on Durdham Downs Credit: ITV News

Now, it's not long before the Shaun the Sheep sculpture trail invades Bristol but today their real life woolly cousins beat them to it.

When the historic Durdham Downs became a public open space in 1861, property owners nearby were given "commoners' rights" to graze livestock there.

And this afternoon, 15 June, that tradition was upheld.

Do ewe think this is a baa-rilliant idea? Credit: ITV News


All-day free Durdham Down parking could be abolished

Free parking on Durdham Downs could be abolished Credit: ITV West Country/Richard Payne

All-day free parking on Bristol's historic Durdham Down could be abolished.

It's the latest controversial attempt to cut down on commuters using the city's streets. Mayor George Ferguson has divided opinion with a rapid roll-out of residents' parking zones and now risks further anger by removing the 500 spaces. He insists it's for long-term good of the city.