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Department of Zoology


Professor Nick Davies has had a cuckoo named after him as part of the British Trust for Ornithology's cuckoo tracking project.


The bird is one of 18 to be fitted with satellite tags designed to track their migration. The BTO hope that the project may reveal some clue as to the cuckoo's decline in the UK.

Paul Stancliffe, BTO spokesperson, says the cuckoo’s name was well-chosen. “We thought it was appropriate due to the work that Nick’s done: he’s a leading authority on cuckoos in the UK.” Already “Nick” is proving to be a trailblazer. “Nick’s paving the way at the moment,” says Sancliffe. “He’s in Spain, and is the furthest south!”

See the Cambridge News article.