Bookmakers William Hill has teamed up with naturalist and Springwatch presenter, Chris Packham, and the British Trust For Ornithology (BTO) to offer odds on the arrival of the first cuckoo to migrate back to the UK from Africa to breed.
The joint project is called ‘The Great Cuckoo Race 2015’, and followers can get updates on the live tracking system they can find on the BTO website – www.bto.org/cuckoos.
Dudley, the Sherwood Forest
cuckoo, who is leading the race
back to Britain to breed
Altogether there are 17 birds to watch, each carrying a high tech satellite tracking device to monitor their progress.
The furious flapping contest is building to a climax with Dudley, a 20/1 outsider from Sherwood Forest at the start of the race, in a commanding lead.
The goal of the cuckoo tagging project is to help raise awareness about the iconic birds and their plight.
Since tracking started in 2011, 17 cuckoos that have been tagged are still active, but 33 have either perished or been lost.