The New Forest Cicada (Cicadetta Montana s. str.) is the only cicada native to the UK. During May to July it sings with a very characteristic high-pitched song, which is at the limits of human hearing, and is particularly difficult for most adults to hear. Sightings of the cicada within the New Forest date back to 1812, but the last unconfirmed sighting was in 2000. However, it's quite likely that colonies remain undiscovered in less visited parts of the forest. The New Forest Cicada Project aims to equip the millions of visitors to the forest with a smart phone app that can detect and recognise the song of the cicada, and hopes to rediscover it in 2013.
On these pages you can find information about the research team, the project, and the progress so far. Follow our progress on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to our mailing list! Once available, you will be able to download the app. Please don't hesitate to contact us for any queries regarding the project and its related work.
After a few months of hard work, the iOS app has been submitted for review to the Apple store. This process ensures that all apps meet a certain quality standard and it protects the user from malicious software.
For Android the process is a bit different. The submission is not reviewed and the app can therefore be online in a matter of a few hours. Android users rely on peer reviews, ratings and rankings to check that an app is good and it's not going to damage their device.
Which process do you think is best? Do you feel protected by knowing that apps undergo a tough quality check? Do you think that generally apps on the Apple store are of better quality than those on the Android market? We will remain neutral and refrain to express what we really think :-)