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.

Name a Cuckoo

We are delighted to be able to offer the unique opportunity to name one of the newly tagged birds from the class of 2017. This is an extremely exclusive privilege available to individuals, groups and corporates for £3,000 per Cuckoo. Each satellite tag costs over £2,500* to buy and then £60* a month per bird for the satellite service. Please email our fundraising team at cuckoos [at] bto.org.

Benefits for corporates naming a Cuckoo include your logo on the Cuckoo’s blog page and a link directly to your website.

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


170429 the Cuckoo
170429 will be named by pupils at Thetford Grammar School who are taking part in What's Under Your Feet? - our collaborative study with EDF Energy.


170432 the Cuckoo


170433 the Cuckoo


170434 the Cuckoo


170435 the Cuckoo


Carlton the Cuckoo
Carlton has been named by Suffolk Wildlife Trust after Carlton Marshes where he was tagged.


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


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


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.