Saving England's most threatened species from extinction

Cricket Creation

 Location:

Rural Life Living Museum, The Reeds Rd, Tilford, Farnham, GU10 2DL

Date: 14th March

Time: 12 noon onwards.

Drop-in, no booking necessary. Please be aware you must pay entry to the Rural Life Living Centre - costs here.

“There is something quite evocative about the soft chirping of a cricket on a warm summer’s evening.  Unfortunately with field crickets on the verge of extinction we almost lost their song. However, there is hope and we have seen promising signs that the species can be brought back from the brink.” Jane Sears, RSPB’s senior reserves ecologist.

Come and join us in making a beautiful artwork together! Be part of a collaborative installation in the beautiful woodland (weather permitting) at the Rural Life Living Museum, on their new Craft Saturday. Use natural inks, whittled sticks and quills, or other materials of your own - inspired by the Field Cricket - to be hung along the woodland walk for visitors to discover. Meet an RSPB Field Cricket expert and learn all about this remarkable creature as the nymphs prepare to emerge from their burrows in the spring.

Event Details:
The event will take place at: Rural Life Living Museum, The Reeds Rd, Tilford, Farnham, GU10 2DL on 14th March from 12 noon *
There is a charge for entry to the museum, details op charges can be found here.
Meet: at the log circle in the woodland. If the weather’s bad, we’ll be in the Frensham Building TBC.

* Andy and I will be there from 12, although the Craft Saturday starts at 10am, if you’d like to participate in the other activities - there will be other vanishing crafts there (for further details go here).
We can’t wait to see your creations and how the installation will look!

Info for inspiration:
You can see the cricket in action and hear the lovely sound it makes in this YouTube film.

“These remarkable creatures are among the rarest and most threatened invertebrates in the UK. They are 2cm long and chunky, black or brown with striking yellow wing-bases. They can’t fly, but can walk up to 100m a day. Their wing markings resemble intricate wrought-iron work, and the males make a loud call to attract a mate using “harps”, modified veins on their wings” BftB website.

This and further info can be found on the Back from the Brink Field Cricket project page.

As part of the work to move field crickets to new areas, they are coaxed out of their burrows by licensed conservationists. You can learn about this and further details on the RSPB web site here.

 

If you'd like any further information, please email: info@outdoorstudiosarts.com