As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Cuckoo's dramatic decline tackled on Dartmoor

The call of the cuckoo is a sound that is fading from the British countryside as the bird's numbers plummet dramatically.

In the last 25 years England has lost over half its breeding cuckoos whilst in the south Devon lowlands, one of the bird's key breeding areas, numbers have dropped by as much as 80%.

On Dartmoor the British Trust for Ornithology is working with the National Park to satellite tag cuckoos to shed new light on what is going wrong.

Already they have found that cuckoos leave the UK much earlier than previously thought and birds from different regions of the UK take different routes to Africa, some more perilous than others.

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