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Female Merlin

Today we at the Barn Owl Centre had the pleasure of releasing a wild female Merlin, she was handed in after flying into a glass window at an industrial site along the Bristol Road in Gloucester.

This Merlin was very lucky to have not broken her neck on impact!

All ends well with her being re-released back into the wild where she belongs.

Merlin

Merlins are highly aggressive towards other raptors and crows during the nesting period. This is beneficial to the song and ground birds of nearby woodlands, since their territory is kept fairly free of predators during the entire mating season. The survival rate amongst young merlins is exceptionally high, with three birds per nest often reaching breeding age.

Found throughout the northern hemisphere, they favour areas of open country such as grassland, dunes and coastal areas. The merlin is the smallest falcon in the UK.

Scientific name: Falco columbarius

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Other Barn Owl Centre News

12 June 2017
2017 - Now available, Our 'NEW' ECO BARN OWL BOX Ref EcoT)
28 April 2017
The Countess Bathurst joins our charity as Patron
7 March 2017
2016 - Now available, Our 'NEW' ECO SEMI-APEX BARN OWL BOX
6 March 2017
2016 - Now available, Our 'NEW' ECO KESTREL BOX
23 February 2017
2016 - The launch of our 'NEW' ECO TAWNY OWL NESTING BOX
7 February 2017
2016 - The launch of our 'NEW' ECO BARN OWL NESTING BOX
1 January 2017
2016 - Now available, Our 'NEW' ECO APEX BARN OWL BOX
12 October 2016
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29 June 2016
A 2hr Photography Experience - Weekend Evenings
17 May 2016
The oldest Barn Owl alive?
26 February 2016
Welcome to the re-launch of our long awaited Gloucestershire Owl Project 2016-19
9 June 2015
Gloucestershire's Owl Box Project - 2015
2 January 2015
2015 - Great News for Gloucestershire Barn Owls, Little Owls, Tawny Owls & Kestrels
13 November 2014
Barn Owl Centre helps PTS rescue a Bird of Prey
12 July 2014
TAWNY OWL RELEASE Visit our live Webcam
7 June 2014
IN MEMORY OF OUR BELOVED BARN OWL & FOUNDER 'GYZMO'
21 May 2014
Gloucestershire Wild Barn Owls 2014
10 May 2014
Barn Owl Centre adds 1 new trustee to charity
9 July 2013
Barn Owl Manors now off to Malaysia
1 March 2013
We operate a Specialised Sanctuary for Owls & Birds of Prey
12 October 2012
Back to the Wild
19 June 2012
Gloucestershire Environmental Trust supports Barn Owl Centre
10 January 2012
Barn Owl Manors Now Occupied
30 December 2011
Nest Box Launch for 2012
31 May 2011
The Co-operative Farms supporting Barn Owls
16 January 2011
CHARITY HELP WANTED
2 September 2010
Barn Owl Manor - Building for Barn Owls
20 August 2010
Our Activity Centre
6 July 2010
Re-locating a 6 ton Ash Tree for the Owls
17 April 2009
Wild Tawny Owlets brought into Care 2009
27 October 2008
The appearance of an Eagle Owl
9 August 2008
New Arrival to the Centre
19 November 2006
Nest /Roost Boxes for Owls this Winter
23 June 2006
The arrival of a white Little Owl Orphan
28 March 2006
Barn Owl Population Increase for Gloucestershire
7 March 2006
Barn Owl Centre Documentary
6 July 2004
Rescued Little Owl
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