Title of the project
Merlin Breeding Success on Moorland Managed for Red Grouse
The objectives are taking British Trust for Ornithology Bird Atlas data for breeding records of Merlin and overlaying them on land managed specifically for the wild game bird, the red grouse. To plot the trends of breeding records over time and successive national surveys.
The hunters are involved directly as it is the land managed by them that is the study area. If Merlin breeding records were higher on the land managed for red grouse there would be a positive management practices that help this bird of prey species – the smallest in Britain – survive.
|Site||The project looked at Merlin breeding success across the grouse moors of England which occur in Northumberland, Durhma, Cumbria, Lancashire Yorkshire and Derbyshire|
|Region||North West, North East, Yorkshire and Derbyshire|
Protection status of the areas
|Species Caracteristics||Protected species, Threatened species|
|Name(s) of main species||Merlin (Falco columbarius)|
|Leading partners||Penny Anderson AssociatesBritish Trust for Ornithology|