Latin name: Cuculus canorus

From a distance cuckoos look not unlike kestrels and sparrowhawks due to their sleek body, long tail and pointed wings. The common cuckoo is a bird of open ground and it’s distinctive call used to be a heard across many areas of the Dales but following a significant national decline, numbers are much reduced.

At risk?

The population of this species is thought to be declining in the UK. In 2007 it became a UK Biodiversity Action Plan priority species and in 2011 it was added to Nature in the Dales: 2020 Vision the second biodiversity action plan for the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

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There is a freshness and at times a undefineable fragrance to the air at high altitude in the Pennines. Joan E. Duncan & R.W.Robson

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