Mark the return of Spring by listening out for the cuckoo!
For many, the distinctive sound of Spring is the call of the cuckoo. Now, the Centre for Environmental Data and Recording ( CEDaR ) is asking for people to report when they see or hear a Cuckoo using the newly launched online recording facility.
The Cuckoo is a rapidly declining species and Red Listed as a bird of conservation concern in the UK. They arrive from Africa in April and May and sing throughout the Spring. They are much more likely to be heard than seen. Their calls are distinctive but can be mistaken for Collared Dove and Woodpigeon.
If you see or hear a cuckoo please submit your record online .
More information on the Cuckoo can be found on the Priority Species of Northern Ireland website.