LETTER: Catch cuckoos while you can

I am replying to the letter from Paul Lovatt Smith [Where Are all the Cuckoos? May 20]. Until last week I hadn’t heard the cuckoo for a few years and in spite of its repetitive sound I do like to hear it every year. I fear that many children have never heard the sound of the cuckoo.

Well, last week my husband and I had a treat of camping in the heart of the New Forest and we were overjoyed to hear the cuckoo as part of the dawn chorus. (Worth the effort of having to get up to visit the ablution block at dawn). What a superb chorus of little and big birds – I had not heard such a chorus for years (mainly because I live in town) but I fear as Mr Lovatt Smith does that with the over developments of our green sites we are going to lose this sound forever. The huge development of the area by the DGH is a prime example of losing the hedgerows and hence the bird-life.

For those of us brought up with such ditties, a gentle reminder: “In May he (the cuckoo) sings all day – in June he changes his tune – in July he gets ready to fly – in August go he must.”

So, friends, take yourselves out into the country and sit quietly and you may hear this unique sound. Remember you only have until the end of May!

Jane Schulze

Commercial Road

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