Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Swift Cricket

Well an interesting day was had yesterday (and tomorrow for that)

I found myself in Sussex with a colleague to do a live broadcast for Saving Species on the capture of field crickets. These rare native crickets at the northern edge of their range are endangered, and so a small number are being relocated to an RSPB site tomorrow. Yesterday however it was a capture day and the results of being there can be heard here;

field cricket newly emerged from it's hole

Recording after transmission

If you'd like to know more about Saving species from the BBC website, it can be found here

Finally, tonight while sitting in the garden and having a cup of tea, my first screaming swifts over the house. One swallow does not make a summer, but screaming swifts definitely do bring a sense of long evenings to my mind.


  1. I love the sound of crickets (not the leather on willow one) and the sound reminds me of walking through the meadows in Switzerland in late May, the Crickets are so loud there!I will find the programme on BBCi if I can

  2. Hi, lucky I found your new blog, I have your 'old' bird blog posted on my fine art website under nature links page. I'll change it to this one. (website blog: www.marymcandrew.com/blog)
    Would love if you added me to your blog list, I do nature sketching and painting in the field. NY and England, mostly Northumberland.
    keep posting!