Cuckoo Tracking Project

The 'Red Listed' Cuckoo is one of the UK's fastest declining migrants and, until we started satellite-tracking them, was one of which we knew least about once it left the UK.

The project started in 2011 when we attached satellite-tracking devices to five Cuckoos from Norfolk to find out more about their important stop-over sites and wintering destinations on the way to and from Africa which might give us some indication as to why populations in the UK were suffering.

The project has received fantastic support and really ignited interest in Cuckoos and their migration, since it can be followed in almost real time!  

Thanks to support from the public and funders we have been able to continue the project and expand it to include further birds. Read more about the project and find out what we have learnt so far

If you would like to get further involved in supporting the project, why not sponsor a Cuckoo or make a donation to the Cuckoo Tracking Project using the orange button below. There is still so much more to find out!

Support the project

The project has revealed very different things in the three years that it has been running. We would love to track more birds in the future. We also need to continue to pay a monthly fee for the retrieval of satellite data for each tag for those birds who continue their journey. If you would like to help the project to continue and expand, please make a donation.

The project has been generously supported by Essex & Suffolk Water, Sound Approach, Opticron and Wildsounds. Subsuqeunt years have seen further groups of Cuckoos tagged, and work continues.

The project was initiated with a grant from the BBC Wildlife Fund and using the proceeds raised through the 2010 BTO Winter Raffle which was very generously supported by the BirdWatching & Wildlife Club (BWWC)/Grant Arms Hotel and Carl Zeiss Ltd. Funds have continued to be raised through The BTO Conference Raffles of 2011 and 2012 with prizes generously donated by, Ark Wildlife, Bird Box Cameras, BirdGuides, Birdwatch Magazine, Bird Watching Magazine, British Birds, Collins, NHBS Environment Bookstore, Moet & Chandon, Summersdale Publishers Ltd, Swarovski and Vine House Farms.