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.

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

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Cuckoo movements from 23 May 2019 to 15 November 2019

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Current Cuckoos

Carlton II the Cuckoo Carlton II the Cuckoo

Carlton II

Status: active
Knepp the Cuckoo Knepp the Cuckoo

Knepp

Status: unknown
Lambert the Cuckoo Lambert the Cuckoo

Lambert

Status: presumed dead

Larry

Status: presumed dead
Nussey the Cuckoo Nussey the Cuckoo

Nussey

Status: presumed dead
Cuckoo 161318 portrait Cuckoo 161318 map marker

PJ

Status: active
Raymond the Cuckoo Raymond the Cuckoo

Raymond

Status: presumed dead
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: unknown
Valentine the Cuckoo Valentine the Cuckoo

Valentine

Status: active

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Latest updates

Carlton II arrives at his wintering grounds

11 Nov 2019
Carlton II didn't stay long in Equatorial Guinea before covering the last 280 km (174 miles) and reaching his new location in central Gabon. He is now 17 km (10 miles) south of the small town of Booue and just south of the Equator. He is in exactly the same area as he spent the 2018/19 winter, arriving on November 7 and departing on February 3. 

Carlton II in equatorial Africa

07 Nov 2019
True to last year's timings, Carlton II has moved onwards dring the first week of November. This year he has flown slightly further south, bypassing Cameroon, and settling on nearby Equatorial Guinea to feed up before he, presumably, presses on into Gabon andthe dense forest of the Congo Basin as last year. His most recent trip covered over 1035km (645 miles) and has taken him close to the town of Anisoc.

Senan moves on

07 Nov 2019
Senan had been in Burkina Faso since 21 August but signals on the 5 November show he was ready for change of scenery. He left the location he has spent the last 13 weeks in and travelled 350km (220 miles) south-east to Benin. He is currently on the southern edge of the Wari Maro Forest Reserve. 

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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

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