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 18 September 2014

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Latest News

Gowk's last signal - 19 Sep 2014
The last good signal from Gowk's tag was on 14 July. Since then we have only received a few low quality signals which showed the tag was low on charge and the temperature readings were all over the place, indcating he may have died and the tag was showing temperature changes with day and night rather than a more consistent temperature due to it being attached to a warm body. 
End of the road for Gilbert - 19 Sep 2014

The last transmission from Gilbert's tag was on 16 July and everything appeared fine with respect to tag charge and temperature. His last known location was in Spain, and now that all our other Cuckoos have completed their desert crossing and are safely in Africa, we presume that Gilbert has been unable to continue his journey and has probably perished there. 

Meavy fate unknown - 19 Sep 2014

There have been no further signals since 19 July from Meavy. Given this it is possible that we may have lost him and will not receive further news of his journey. 


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