Merlin Chick, Perthshire, 29th June 2013, K Brockie (1)
Merlin chick, Perthshire (K. Brockie)

Introduction to the species - see BTO RSPB and SRSG websites
Breeding distribution -
see Bird Atlas
Protection designations - Birds Directive 1979 (Annex 1), Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (Schedule 1)
National survey years
- 1983-84, 1993-94, 2008
Monitoring method -
see Raptors: A Field Guide for Surveys and Monitoring

Annual monitoring data

Please click on the links below to access summary data. These summaries are based on SRMS regions.  Descriptions of some of the main headings reported against are provided here.
2015, 2016

National and regional trends

Production of trends in breeding numbers is currently limited by the spatial resolution of some records and lack of geographic coverage and survey effort information.  Provisional trends in breeding parameters have been produced for a number of Natural Heritage Zones.  A priority for the SRMS is to work with SRMS contributors to (i) obtain outstanding grid references, (ii) obtain information on study area boundaries and coverage and (iii) assess representatives of coverage through matching information from the most recent national survey and Bird Atlas 2007-11 data with the aim of producing both a national and regional trends in the future.

Local Merlin studies & projects

NamePeriodMain observerOther observersOrganisation