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Dream of a Field Cricket

  It was one of those typically warm and lazy evenings in June when a small collection of people set out from the Rural Life Centre near Farnham, across the heathland, with paper and pens in hand… This was part one of an evening entirely dedicated to the very rare Field Cricket – a small...

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Field Cricket Poem

Field Cricket Poem   Lonely, birch tree Dead Bleached bones     Wood world Shadows shift Silver-winged Midnight-armoured Front-horned   God speaks in beetle - rhinoceros Charismatic microfauna   Would you like to help these incredible species? There are numerous ways in which you can: Why not volunteer for Back from the Brink? Check out...

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Out for the Count – Field Cricket Flash Back!

Out for the Count – A Flashback to the Field Cricket Project this June!   Since joining the team at RSPB’s Farnham Heath reserve, I have been consistently amazed at the variety of heathland specialists that are on the site. I had heard of many of them prior to joining the team; Sand Lizards, Dartford...

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Dream of a Field Cricket

For an insect that spends almost all of its time underground, the Field Cricket has an elusive charisma, on account of its evocative 'song'. A unique event will celebrate this miniature sound-maker... Field Cricket (Gryllus campestris), female nymph. Sussex, UK. April. Photographed under license on white backround in the field.   In what is almost...

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Winter Stubble

On a frosty morning, in the strange “limbo” week between Christmas and New Year,  I extracted myself from the slumber of a cosy, over-stuffed and peaceful household and made the decision to blow away the cobwebs by taking a walk across my local chalk downs in Wiltshire. It’s a walk that’s renowned in the spring...

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The march of the Field Cricket

Having heard from Sir Sebastian Anstruther about the conservation of the UK’s only indigenous population of Field Crickets at Coates Common and Lord’s Piece on the Barlavington Estate in West Sussex, here is a blog from his neighbour, Ned Mersey, who manages the adjacent piece of land - Bignor Park. Through Back from the Brink...

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The Landowners Tale

Ever wondered where the last population of Field Crickets in the UK lived? The answer is Coates Common, a privately owned site in West Sussex. After years of work to build up numbers, this became the source population for Field Cricket reintroductions, including the recent one to Pulborough Brooks. If it wasn’t for the commitment...

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Heathland Safari with the Field Cricket!

We are now into the Field Cricket monitoring period! Following the successful releases at Farnham Heath and Pulborough Brooks in April, we held a training day for staff, volunteers and students at RSPB’s Farnham Heath reserve in mid-May. We were delighted to be joined by Sixth Form students from Seaford College in West Sussex. In...

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A cricket’s-eye view…

Photographer and picture researcher Ben Andrew joined our Communications Manager, James and Direct Marketing Officer, Emma, last month to check out the Back from the Brink Field Cricket project and take part in 'cricket tickling' (a technique used by license holders). We thought we'd ask Emma and Ben how it went and get their unique...

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Cricket tickling = crickling?

Last month our Communications Manager, James, headed off into the sunrise (literally) with a photographer and a direct marketing officer from the RSPB to check out the Back from the Brink Field Cricket project and take part in 'cricket tickling' (a technique used by license holders). We thought we'd ask Emma and Ben how it...

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