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Nelson was named by the Broads Authority, who funded his tag, after a public vote. Admiral Nelson was a Norfolk man and one of Britain's greatest heroes. He, like the Cuckoos, travelled many thousands of miles full of danger and risk to life.

Nelson the Cuckoo
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 01:00
Tagging Location:
St Benet's Abbey, on the River Bure, Norfolk Broads
Age when found:
Over one year
Satellite Tag No.:
Wing Length (mm):

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Nelson's journey from 29 May 2013 to 16 July 2013

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Nelson's movements

21 Aug 2013 - No news from Nelson

No further signals have been received which means we haven’t heard anything from Nelson’s tag for almost five weeks. We are a little worried this may spell bad news for Nelson, however, it is too early to tell yet. 

30 Jul 2013 - Nelson still in France

The last good signal for Nelson was received on 16 July but poor quality transmissions on 29 July indicate he is still in the same area of south France. 

12 Jul 2013 - Nelson in south France

We were waiting for further signals to confirm whether Nelson had left Norfolk and transmissions received from Nelson’s tag on 9 July show that he had moved to the south of France and was near Villefranche-de-Rouergue, about 90km (55 miles) north of Toulouse.  From here he covered another 380 km (240 miles) in a south-easterly direction and locations by early this morning (12 July) placed him a couple of miles inland at La Mole, near to the coast east  of Toulon. 

09 Jul 2013 - Nelson on his way?

Poor quality signals on 7 July indicate that Nelson has left Norfolk and crossed the Channel to France to the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region. We will have to wait for the next good transmissions to confirm his current location and for this to show on the map.  

04 Jul 2013 - Three Norfolk Cuckoos remain in the Broads

Apart from Skinner, the other three of our Cuckoos tagged in the Norfolk Broads remain in their tagging locations and have yet to move despite 12 out of 18 of our tagged Cuckoos having left the UK.  Lyster, one of the Cuckoos tagged in the broads in year 1 of the project was the last to leave that year on 22 July (while the other four all left in June) and earned himself the nickname ‘Lyster the Laggard’. Will our Broads Cuckoos be last to leave in year 3? 

Past updates from Nelson

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