Not many people would consider venturing out to the coast during one of the coldest London winters but a primal urge was calling us to be by the sea. All Londoner’s should make an effort to be by the sea at least once a year. In winter the sea air and sea views will distress and calm your London spirit. You will leave feeling relaxed, invigorated and soothed, even if you’ve only just spent a day there.
But if you visit Brighton for no other reason than to see the natural spectacle of the Brighton Pier starlings, then this alone will make it truly worthwhile.
It was nearing dusk and we were skimming pebbles by the beach, when we noticed a few faint black clouds in the crisp winter sky. As we observed the clouds intently, further black clouds blew in and merged together to form an enormous cloud that appeared to be moving in an erratic but fluid motion. We were totally enthralled and rushed up to the East Pier to take a closer look. We soon realised, that these smoky clouds were in fact a gigantic flock of starlings. There must have been tens of thousands of starlings putting on the most beautiful sunset dance for us.
We watched and watched until the sun dipped below the sea and these amazing birds eventually took cover underneath the pier and settled in for the night. The show may have come to an end but as we walked across the pier we could still hear their noisy, chattering, bedtime conversations.