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.
Join us tonight for the beginning of BioBlitz 2013.
BioBlitz is a 24 hour marathon to search and survey for different species in the Forest. The New Forest Cicada Project will be officially launching the app tomorrow, Saturday, June 8th, at Roydon Woods Nature Reserve, Sandy Down, Boldre, Brockenhurst.
Will we also be at Roydon Woods for the Woodfair and Local Produce this Sunday (June 9th), so do come and enjoy the day with us.
See you in a few hours!