Gallery: Magical merlin is now on the mend

The female Merlin with a broken wing at Wildlives, Thorrington, Colchester.

The female Merlin with a broken wing at Wildlives, Thorrington, Colchester. - Credit: Andrew Partridge

THE team at a wildlife rescue centre are helping an unusual bird of prey recover after it suffered a wing injury

The feisty little merlin – one of the smallest birds of prey – was found in St Osyth and taken to the Wildlives animal rescue centre in Thorrington.

Merlins are found across northern Europe and fly south for the winter, but a small number tend to spend time in Essex at this time of year.

Rosie Catford, of the Wildlives centre, said: “It’s a female who has probably come down from Scotland or northern Europe.

“She was found collapsed in St Osyth on Friday with an infected wing injury.


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“She’s got to be kept here for about four weeks for the bone to heal and the infection to clear.”

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