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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

Robinson the Cuckoo
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 08:00
Tagging Location:
Birklands, Sherwood Forest
Age when found:
Over one year
Satellite Tag No.:
Wing Length (mm):

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Robinson's journey from 21 May 2018 to 22 June 2019

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Robinson's movements

03 Jul 2019 - End of the road for Robinson

We are sad to report that Robinson's journey has come to an abrupt end. We’ve recently been informed by a member of the public that his body has been found in a garden on some farmland in Kent. It would appear that he had started his migration south, but unfortunately struck a window. He was extremely unlucky to have found and collided with this window as it was in Denge Marsh, an open area where there are very few buildings. The area is very close to Dungeness - a well-known migration site.

Robinson was one of nine birds tagged in Sherwood Forest since the start of the project. We’ve been able to follow his journey since he was tagged in May 2018. Last year he was on his way, transmitting from France on 22 June. From here we saw him travel to Lake Geneva in Switzerland and on to northern Italy, before crossing the Sahara towards the end of July. He spent the winter months, from November through to March, in Gabon, before heading to Ivory Coast in early March and embarking on the return Sahara crossing around 11 April. He arrived back in the UK around 26 April 2019.

While this is upsetting news, it does provide us with more evidence about the variety of problems Cuckoos face. We are grateful to everyone who sponsored Robinson.

19 Jun 2019 - Robinson in Sherwood Forest

Robinson hasn't moved far from Sherwood Forest since he arrived back this spring. He is currently in forest just to the north of Edwinstowe. In 2018 he left Sherwood Forest and the UK on 20 June - he could be on his way any day now.

04 Jun 2019 - Robinson in Sherwood Forest

Robinson is very settled in Sherwood Forest, largely using the area between Edwinstowe and Budby, right in the heart of the forest. Last year he left the forest for Africa on 20 June, it will be interesting to see what date he leaves this year.

26 Apr 2019 - Robinson returns!

When we last heard from Robinsonhe was in southern France, near the town of Labatie d'Andaure. At 21:07 last night we received an update from his tag that showed he had covered the remaining 1,000 Km (622 miles) of his return journey and he is now in the area he was tagged, near Budby in Nottinghamshire.

23 Apr 2019 - Robinson is on his way back

Over the Easter weekend Robinson crossed the Mediterranean, seemingly just to the west of Sardinia, involving a 780km (485 miles) sea crossing. He is currently in Ardeche north of the town of Labatie d'Andaure. As the Cuckoo flies he is around 1,000km (619 miles) from his Sherwood Forest breeding site.

Past updates from Robinson

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