Cuckoo Tracking Project

Cuckoo. Alan McFadyen

Help us follow Cuckoos on migration and discover why they are in decline.

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 learned lots of vital information which could help us to understand our Cuckoos -  such as how the different routes taken are linked to declines, and some of the pressures they face whilst on migration. But there is still more to discover. We now need to look more closely at how dependent they are on, and how much their migration is linked, to the drought-busting rains of the weather frontal system known as the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) as they move out of the Congo rainforest and begin to head back to the UK via West Africa. Follow our Cuckoos as they move to and from Africa.

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

We have been able to share our expertise around tracking Cuckoos with other international studies, such as the Beijing Cuckoo Project.

Skill required

  • Follow our Cuckoos on the map below - use the controls to animate or step through their movements.

Join the project

Sponsor a Cuckoo

Cuckoo movements from 23 May 2019 to 18 August 2019

View routes starting..
Cuckoo positions on
 
 
 
Show markers
Show routes
Show all birds

Current Cuckoos

Carlton II the Cuckoo Carlton II the Cuckoo

Carlton II

Status: active
Knepp the Cuckoo Knepp the Cuckoo

Knepp

Status: active
Lambert the Cuckoo Lambert the Cuckoo

Lambert

Status: active

Larry

Status: active
Nussey the Cuckoo Nussey the Cuckoo

Nussey

Status: active
Cuckoo 161318 portrait Cuckoo 161318 map marker

PJ

Status: active
Raymond the Cuckoo Raymond the Cuckoo

Raymond

Status: active
Robinson the Cuckoo Robinson the Cuckoo

Robinson

Status: deceased
Senan the Cuckoo Senan the Cuckoo

Senan

Status: active
Tennyson the Cuckoo Tennyson the Cuckoo

Tennyson

Status: active
Thomas the Cuckoo Thomas the Cuckoo

Thomas

Status: active
Valentine the Cuckoo Valentine the Cuckoo

Valentine

Status: active

View previously tagged birds

Latest updates

Lambert still in France

15 Aug 2019
We are still receiving signals from Lambert's tag showing that he is 48 km (30 miles) north west of Montpelier. Hopefully we'll see him on the move in the next few days to reassure us that all is well with Lambert. 

Carlton II in Guinea Bissau

15 Aug 2019
Since our last update Carlton II has moved around 100 km (62 miles) east from his last position in Senegal and is now just over the border in Guinea Bissau. He is now in the far north-eastern corner of Guinea-Bissau. Last year he began moving west on August 11 so this could well be the start of his journey through west Africa towards his final wintering grounds in Gabon.  

Five across the desert

14 Aug 2019
So far this year, five Cuckoos have made it successfully across the desert. Carlton II, PJ, Senan, Tennyson and Valentine are all south of the Sahara and still sending regular tag transmissions. They still have a little further to go south before reaching their final wintering destinations.  

Browse updates from our Cuckoos

Project Lead
Email Contact:
cuckoos@bto.org

Project timeline, contributions & findings

Project timeline

  • 5/11 - First round of five Cuckoos tagged, wintering sites in the Congo identified 
  • 3/12 - Different routes discovered on return journeys
  • 2016 - First scientific paper published on on the routes of our Cuckoos

Support the project

You can help keep this important project going by either giving a donation, becoming a Cuckoo sponsor, or gifting a sponsorship to someone else. We greatly appreciate the support the project has received, allowing us to continue to monitor this endangered species.


Related content