The Cuckoo is now on the 'red list' and is one of the fastest declining migrant birds along with the Turtle Dove that Britain still holds on to. In 2011, the BTO radio satellite tagged 4 Cuckoos in Norfolk and followed their migration journey all the way down to their wintering grounds in West Africa and back up again producing some interesting results.
|Cuckoo taken at Lakenheath, Suffolk (May 2012)|
This year, the project is back, bigger and better with a total of 13 Cuckoos around the UK having this tiny back pack of a transmitter attatched to them. The project is to hopefully discover whether their movements and timings differ around the country.
Wales has 4 famous Cuckoos which were caught in the Ceredigion area and tagged at the end of May, and from the word 'Go', the Cuckoos didn't waste much time staying in the area as they had already started their migration journey by the latter end of June.
At this moment in time, we have all four Cuckoos in different countries. Please take a look and follow the journey of these fabulous birds from the link below: