Thetford Grammar School pupils name cuckoo who will help build up knowledge of the species

Boris the cuckoo, named by Thetford Grammar School pupils, has been tagged so his journey to Africa

Boris the cuckoo, named by Thetford Grammar School pupils, has been tagged so his journey to Africa can be followed. Picture: BTO - Credit: Archant

Students at Thetford Grammar School (TGS) have named a cuckoo who will help discover why the iconic bird is disappearing from the countryside.

Tagged in Thetford Forest, Boris has Slavic origins meaning fighter.

He was fitted with a satellite tag by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) which will allow them and the pupils to follow his journey to Africa.

Bonita Johnston, of the BTO, said,'We are thrilled that TGS have got behind our Cuckoo tracking project and have given this bird such a characterful name.

'A lot can happen between here and central Africa but we will follow Boris' every move and hope he lives up to his name as a fighter.


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'The information he provides will help build on our knowledge of what Cuckoos do when outside of the UK and we wish him a safe journey.'

To follow Boris and the 10 other satellite tagged cuckoos click here

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