Protection for rare cricket found at Old Bedford River

The Great Green Bush Cricket has been found in abundance next to the Old Bedford River on the Ouse Washes.

The Great Green Bush Cricket has been found in abundance next to the Old Bedford River on the Ouse Washes.

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A rare cricket found in Fenland will be protected thanks to improvements by the Environment Agency.

The great green bush cricket has been found in “abundance” on the flood banks of the Old Bedford River on the Ouse Washes, thought to be one of only two populations of the insect in Cambridgeshire and the most northerly in Britain.

It is thought there are no more than 50 singing males in each of the two populations, due to loss of habitat. The Environment Agency plans to put up fences to protect the crickets from grazing cattle.

 

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