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A small bird of prey seen occasionally in Dorset mainly in winter



Photograph by: 
Tom Carley

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Common Name Merlin
Scientific Name Falco columbarious
Status Occasional
Interest Level
Species Family Falcons
  • 01 - January
  • 02 - February
  • 03 - March
  • 10 - October
  • 11 - November
  • 12 - December
Preferred Environment
  • Downland and scrub
  • Heathland
Look for small bird of prey near heath or the coast
Additional Identification Notes
  • The smallest British falcon species
  • Although resident in Britain it is mainly seen in Dorset during the autumn and winter
  • Mainly seen in coastal location where they feed on small birds