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30,000 to take part in air display

A photograph taken at last year's event
The event takes place a short distance from Belfast city centre

Up to 30,000 airborne participants within easy reach of the city centre...

One the world's biggest airshows must be coming to Belfast.

No, not quite, rather it is nearly time for Belfast City Council's now annual 'Starling Watch' event.

"We want people to take time out and watch one of the most impressive wildlife spectacles in our city," said organiser Orla Maguire.

"Guides from Belfast City Council will be on hand to point out the wildlife of the River Lagan, and to lead a short walk, where the climax of the event will be provided by the thousands of starlings that congregate here to roost overnight.

"It is a fabulous sight that few people notice on a daily basis, but it is well worth taking the time out to enjoy it. We hope to see lots of people there on Saturday afternoon."

Anyone wishing to take part in Starling Watch should meet at the Lagan walkway at the Albert Bridge (side closest to Central Station) on Saturday 29 November at 1530 GMT.

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