Sponsor a Cuckoo - follow it to Africa and back

Sponsor a Cuckoo with a monthly Direct Debit

This is an exciting and ground-breaking project but we still need funds to complete all the work planned and continue paying for satellite data retrieval each month. You can play a vital part in making this project a success by sponsoring a Cuckoo.

Sponsor a Cuckoo

As a sponsor, your name will be added to your Cuckoo’s blog page the next day and you'll receive email updates on your Cuckoos progress, including when they arrive in Africa and return to the UK in spring. Note: This is all online, we do not send anything physical in the post. You can either:

  • Become a sponsor for as little as £2 a month via Direct Debit.
  • Or make a one-off donation. Scroll down this page and choose your Cuckoo from the pictures below to make a single donation of £10 or more.

Sponsoring for someone else 

If you wish to sponsor a Cuckoo  in the name of someone else, please email fundraising [at] bto.org with the sponsor's name and email address, once your payment has been made.

The ideal present

If you want to introduce someone to the project and are looking for a gift with a difference, we have a range of Cuckoo Sponsorship Gift Packs to give to a friend or relative, no matter their age. Children's packages start at £20 and adults at £25 and all include a free gift which is posted with information about the project. Order a pack and select your gift item.

* excluding VAT.

Cuckoos seeking sponsors

Carlton II

Named by the Suffolk Wildlife Trust as he was tagged at Carlton Marshes in Lowestoft, part of the beautiful Suffolk Broads and a nature reserve managed by the Trust.

Sponsor Carlton II


The Knepp Estate where Knepp the Cuckoo was tagged is a 3,500 acre estate. Since 2001, the land - once intensively farmed - has been devoted to a pioneering re-wilding project.

Sponsor Knepp


Lambert is the male family name of Isabella Tree who is married to environmentalist Charlie Burrell, the inspiration behind the Knepp Wildland Project.

Sponsor Lambert


Following a competition, Larry was named by pupils of Valence School, Kent, through our collaboration with EDF Energy and the Pod.

Sponsor Larry


PJ is named in memory of Pamela Joy Miller who passed on her passion for birds to her nephews and nieces and their children - now all her family can follow PJ's journey and think of Pam

Sponsor PJ


Lady Sophia Raymond married William Burrell in 1773. Her father, Sir Charles Raymond, bought Knepp in 1787 and gave the estate to his daughter and the Raymond baronetcy to his son-in-law.

Sponsor Raymond


Robinson has been sponsored by the estate of the late Mrs Ivy Kapur, née Robinson, whose ashes were scattered in May 2017 to the sound of a Cuckoo calling. He is named in celebration of all the Robinsons past and present

Sponsor Robinson


Named by Friends of Thetford Forest after Thomas Paine, political theorist and revolutionary and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States who was born in Thetford in 1736.

Sponsor Thomas

Thank you

Thank you for choosing to support our research.

Thanks also to the main funders: The BBC Wildlife Fund, those who supported the BTO Raffle 2010 and Essex & Suffolk Water who have supported the project.

Another way you can help is by becoming a BTO member. Membership subscriptions provide unrestricted income that helps to fund research projects like the cuckoo tracking project. Members receive regular updates on our survey and research work via our regular members magazine BTO News. Support our projects by becoming a member today and stay up-to-date with all our latest news.