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.

This project wouldn't have been possible without the amazing support from funders and sponsors. Read more about the project and find out how you can get involved

The Cuckoo class of 2015 have been named by schools through a competition run in partnership with EDF Energy and are listed below (Cuckoo icons with brown borders).


Cuckoo movements from 01 May 2015 to 27 November 2015

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Latest News

Coo heads south - 23 Nov 2015

Coo was on the move again over the weekend, and by Sunday evening was 120km south west of his location on Friday evening. He is now much closer to the southern edge of the rainforest and only Larry (in Angola) is further south. It will be interesting to see if he heads any further south during the next week or so.

Disco Tony in Gabon - 19 Nov 2015

As predicted, Disco Tony has continued his journey south. On the 11 November we recieved a series of confusing locations for him, some good, some poor. When all this information had been analysed he was put firmly in Gabon, 840km (520 miles) south east of his last location in Cameroon.

Larry in Angola - 19 Nov 2015

Having reported on 5 November that Larry was settled in DRC he promptly moved overnight. During the early hours of 6 November we received several locations from him that showed he had moved 682km (424 miles) south west into Angola. He didn't stay here very long, and by 11 November had moved another 308km (191 miles) west. He is currently in northern Angola, 46km (29 miles) from the South Atlantic coast.


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