Cuckoo fills Westgate Woods with song - have you seen or heard it?

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A cuckoo - an increasingly rare bird in Britain – is said to have been heard by several people visiting Wyberton’s Westgate Woods.

Coun Richard Austin, who is involved with Boston Woods Trust which manages the site, told The Standard he has heard the bird’s distinctive sound himself and has heard reports from several other people who have heard it.

He said it was the first time he had heard a cuckoo at the wood and the first time anywhere for several years.

Coun Austin said: “I have just been listening to a cuckoo singing its head off. I you want to hear one come to Westgate Woods.”

The increasingly rare nature of the cuckoo, which is a blue-grey dove-sized bird, means it is now a ‘Red List’ species.

Westgate Woods lies between Five House Lane and Old Hammond Beck Road in Wyberton.

*Hearing a cuckoo is one thing but spotting one can be even tougher....if you manage to get a picture of the Westgate Woods cuckoo we love you to share it with our readers. Send it to andrew.brookes@jpress.co.uk