Cuckoos are arriving back on Dartmoor! Over the next few weeks their calls will be heard – but they are becoming much rarer. To coincide with their arrival Nick Davies, Professor of Zoology at Cambridge University has published a new book on cuckoos – it is an amazing story of deceipt and evolution beautifully told by the world’s leading expert on the species.
Most of the story focuses around Wicken Fen where the species parasitised by the cuckoo is the reed warbler.
The book is of great relevance to Dartmoor and tells the story of the amazing evolutionary arm’s race between the cuckoo and the reed warbler (or in the case of Dartmoor the meadow pipit).
Really recommend you read this book – it is written in a very readable accessible style and is not an impentrable scientific tome.
If you hear a cuckoo on Dartmoor report it here and join in the survey of birds on the moor this year