Although a native to this country, our permanently resident starling population is swelled every autumn by migrants arriving from the Continent. Starlings may roost in their thousands on ledges on buildings and in trees in city centres. Their droppings deface and erode stonework and make pavements slippery. In domestic lofts their nesting activities can build large piles of twigs, leaves and associated fouling. Insect and mite pests can find their way from this into the house.