July 2018 - The Harbinger Of English Spring – The Follow Up

Can you remember when that Harbinger of Spring, the Cuckoo, was plentiful & you could rely on its iconic call in most English woodlands & meadows? - sadly there has been a 68% fall in English Cuckoos in the last 25 years.

This has prompted the initiation of a solar powered satellite tracking scheme involving the fixing of 5 gram tags to Cuckoos caught in England: this enables the tracking of autumn migration routes to winter feeding grounds, & then their spring migration back.

I am therefore delighted to announce that I have helped co-sponsor a Cuckoo (one small step for Cuckookind), to assist in maintaining this research project.

Victor (well it had to be didn’t it !) was tagged in Kings Forest, Suffolk in 2016, & winters on his sun lounger in Central Africa until March each year.

In 2018 he returned to Kings Forest, Suffolk in April & after chasing lady cuckoos has started his migration back to Central Africa.

Stopping off initially in France, he is obviously a Brexiteer,  because he did not hang around long, before crossing the Pyrenees into Spain, & then speeding on to Algeria.

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