Sponsor a Cuckoo - follow it to Africa and back

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 rachel.gostling [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 tagged in England


Boris the Cuckoo
Boris has been named by pupils at Thetford Grammar School who are taking part in What's Under Your Feet? - our collaborative study with EDF Energy.


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

Mr Conkers

Mr Conkers the Cuckoo
Mr Conkers has been named by Yolobirder and followers on twitter via a twitter poll.


Peckham the Cuckoo
Following a competition, (David) Peckham was named by pupils of Forest Park Primary School, Stoke on Trent, through our collaboration with EDF Energy and the Pod.


Cuckoo 161318 portrait

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


Samson the Cuckoo
Samson has been named by TV wildlife presenter Martin Hughes-Games after his son.


Selborne the Cuckoo portrait (placeholder)
Selborne has been named by the Hampshire Ornithological Society to commemorate Gilbert White, the pioneering 18th century naturalist and ornithologist from Selborne in Hampshire.


Victor the Cuckoo portrait
Victor has been named by Mrs Ann Masters in memory of her husband Vic.