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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.

Knepp the Cuckoo
Friday, May 18, 2018 - 08:00
Tagging Location:
Fresco, Knepp Estate, Sussex
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Knepp's journey from 21 May 2018 to 21 May 2019

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Knepp's movements

25 Apr 2019 - Knepp is back!

Updates received early this morning brought the news that the first of our satellite-tagged Cuckoos had made it back to the UK. Cuckoo Knepp, tagged on the Knepp Estate in Sussex last May is back in Sussex! We last heard from Knepp on April 17 when he was on the northern edge of the Atlas mountains in eastern Morocco. He was in the northern Sahara, near the oasis settlement of Ain Bni Mathar. Since then he has flown 1,880 Km (1,170 miles) north to reach his breeding grounds on the Knepp Estate. We hope that this is the first complete migration loop of many which we will follow Knepp on.

15 Apr 2019 - Knepp has made it

A few days ago we wondered if Knepp might be preparing for his desert crossing and we now know that this was the case. late at night on 14 April Knepp popped up on the northern edge of the Atlas mountains in eastern Morocco. The area he is in is still part of the northern Sahara but he has found the oasis settlement of Ain Bni Mathar. He is around 115km (70 miles) from the Mediterranean coast.

11 Apr 2019 - Knepp on the move

Knepp has moved 321km (199 miles) north and west within Ivory Coast. We will have to wait until we hear from him again to see if this is the start of his push across the desert. He is currently in an area of farmland in the northwest of the country and just south of Tiorotierivogo.

04 Apr 2019 - Knepp heads back east

During the last week Knepp has headed back east and is now close to the River Comoe in eastern Ivory Coast. He is 281km (175 miles) east of his last location in Ivory Coast. We are seeing a few of our tagged Cuckoos making interesting movements at the moment. Presumably this is in response to the intensity and location of the rains that are currently moving around the region.

18 Mar 2019 - Knepp has moved further west

After spending a few days close to the border with Ghana, Knepp has moved 215km (134 miles) further west. He is now to the west of the Ivory Coast capital, Yamoussoukro in an area of small fields and plantations.

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