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.
Country: United Kingdom
Region: North West, North East, Yorkshire and Derbyshire
Starting date: 2013
Species: Merlin (Falco Columbarius)
Species characteristics: Protected species, Threatened species
Type of actions: Management of habitats and wildlife, Research and data collection, Communication, Policy work
Leading partners: Penny Anderson AssociatesBritish Trust for Ornithology