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 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


Bowie the Cuckoo
Named after one of Chris Packham's favourite musicians David Bowie - a real trailblazer


Cameron the Cuckoo
Tony Davies helped to catch the Cuckoos and named this bird Cameron, in memory of a young naturalist and ornithologist. The Cameron Bespolka Trust has been set up to inspire young people to love and appreciate birds, nature, and our environment.

Carlton II

Carlton II the Cuckoo
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.


Knepp the Cuckoo
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.


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


Larry the Cuckoo
Following a competition, Larry was named by pupils of Valence School, Kent, 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


Raymond the Cuckoo
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.


Robinson the Cuckoo
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


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.


Sherwood the Cuckoo
You can't mistake where this Cuckoo was tagged. Named by long-term volunteers Andy Lowe and the Birklands Ringing Group, Sherwood was found close to the Centre Tree, said to be at the heart of the forest.


Thomas the Cuckoo
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.


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