Merlin Nest on Westerdale Moor

The photos below are of a nest of Merlin eggs found on Westerdale Moor. The Natural England Merlin group of volunteers along with the assistance of local gamekeepers are currently monitoring these.

The Merlin is the U.K.’s smallest bird of prey and there are only 900 to 1500 breeding pairs in the U.K. Because of the small number of these birds they are classed as a red status (highest conservation priority).

I think this has got to be looked on as a positive for the North Yorkshire Moors as we have several nests and sightings and work directly with the Merlin group to monitor these birds.

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