Bush cricketJohn is running a course on what is known as the orthoptera, well the grasshoppers and bushcrickets part of that insect order.  Learn about the anatomy, ecology & identification of grasshoppers & bushcrickets.  These are fascinating insects that can be found in most habitats.  They are often unfairly overshadowed by the more ‘glamorous’ & colourful butterflies and dragonflies.  But grasshoppers can be colourful too.  Some are even bright pink!

You will learn how to distinguish between bushcrickets & grasshoppers, how to identify the commonly occurring Suffolk species and look at their lifecycle, ecology and habitat requirements.

The first part of the day will be spent in Snape village hall with an introduction to these creatures.  You will then go to the lovely nearby Trust reserve, Blaxhall Common  Blaxhall Common, for a practical session to search out these species.  John will show you a range of techniques you can use to catch and identify them.

The course runs from 10am to 4pm and the cost is £25 with no concessions.

You will need to wear suitable outdoor clothing, stout footwear and bring a packed lunch.  It’s advisable to wear insect repellent and maybe sun screen and a hat.  You may also like to bring a notebook and pen and a camera.Grasshopper

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available and are included in the price, but please bring any extra drinks and snacks you may require when out on the reserve.

More details can be found on the Suffolk Wildlife Trust website here Grasshoppers and Bushcrickets Course