Tracking Cuckoos to Africa... and back again

We’ve lost over half the number of Cuckoos in the UK over the last 20 years.

Since 2011 we’ve been satellite-tracking Cuckoos to find out why. We’ve learnt lots of vital information which will to help save our Cuckoos but, there is still more to discover.

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Cuckoo movements from 13 May 2014 to 26 November 2014

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BB close to Congo border - 26 Nov 2014

Signals on 22 November show BB has moved a little further south-east and is now close to the border with Congo.

BB in Congo Rainforest - 19 Nov 2014

BB has travelled south and is now in the Congo rainforest. He has moved over 840km (520 miles) from his last location in Chad and is now in the south-east of Cameroon.  Despite being so much later than many of our other Cuckoos, he is in fact earlier than last year, when he moved to the rainforest on 9 December, travelling slightly further south and into Congo itself. 

Chester heading towards rainforest - 17 Nov 2014

Chester has continued on east from Ghana, over Togo and Benin, to make it to Nigeria by the morning of the 16 November. He is now close to Lokoja, a city which lies at the confluence of the Niger and Benue rivers, and is moving closer to the Congo rainforest in which all our other active tagged Cuckoos are in.


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