Monitor migrating birds and wandering wildlife

The swallows and cuckoos were still enjoying warner climes at the time of writing, but they`ll be back over very soon. You can watch them get closer and closer on the live migration map at the Euro Bird Portal (Clic Here) although sadly it doesn`t stretch to include the birds` African winter homes.

To monitor the creatures of the sea, turn to Ocearch ( This opens on the Americas by default but lets you zoom out to track sharks, dolphins, alligators, turtles and more all around the globe. Given that all these animals are tagged and tracked, it`s no surprise to find that the researchers have given them names, too - as you`ll discover when you click each one.

Thw World Wildlife Fund`s Species Tracker (Click Here) uses data from radio collars on animals such as female polar bears (the males` necks are  too big, apparently) to keep track of them. Clicka a bear on the zoomable map, then `See More`. To explore the latest data - including photos of new cubs from that area. The zoomable map also lets you monitor populations of jaguars, marine turtles and other endangered creatures.

The biggest wildlife-tracking site is Movebank (Click Here), which links to hundreds of research projects from a global map. It`s an academic resource, so it`s slower and less aesy to navigate thab you`d hope, but you can search its database and click the dots to follow the links to relevant studies, You can even contribute to the research using the free Movebank app (Android and IOS, Click Here).