Grasshoppers & Crickets

Natural History Live by Bjorn Beckmann, Peter Sutton and Tim Gardiner

The sound of grasshoppers and crickets is evocative of the height of summer. They are among our largest and most abundant insects and play a crucial role in the food web. The talk gives an introduction to the species of Britain and Ireland, covering identification of the commonest species by sight and sound, and a look at their biology and ecology. We finish with a look at the Grasshopper Recording Scheme, and how your records help research and conservation – documenting declines, increases and new arrivals, and studying the underlying causes.

FSC Natural History Live webinars are free online learning experiences for adults, comprising of a 30-40 minute talk from a guest speaker, followed by a question and answer session. We host them on Zoom and we will send out joining instructions on the day of the event. Sign up for the FSC Biodiversity newsletter to find out about our other online learning opportunities and receive exclusive discounts.

Tutor: Bjorn Beckmann

Bjorn currently co-ordinates the Grasshoppers and related species Recording Scheme of Britain and Ireland.

Cost

These Natural History Live webinars are made available to all at no cost. If you would like to contribute to the Natural History Live webinar programme you can do so by selecting the option to attend at a cost of £5. All donated fees contribute financially towards supporting adult learning opportunities for a range of audiences with the FSC.

Attendee (Online) - select if you would like to attend at a cost of £5 (all donated fees go towards supporting our adult natural history training programme)

Attendee Discounted (Online) - select if you would like to attend at no cost

Example Timetable

The usual format of Natural History Live virtual events is:

  • 5 minute intro by the FSC Biodiversity project team
  • 30-40 minute talk presented by guest speaker
  • 15-25 minute speaker Q&A session hosted by a FSC staff member

Bursaries and Subsidies

FSC BioLinks

FSC BioLinks is an exciting project for FSC in the South East and West Midlands, bringing together existing volunteers with skills in biological recording and identification, and new volunteers.

This project provides subsidised training courses, learning opportunities and digital tools focussed on invertebrate identification for anyone involved or interested in biological recording, to build and strengthen the community.

Invertebrates provide us with many useful ecosystem services, like pollination and decomposition, which we cannot survive without but their numbers are declining. Few people know how to identify or record invertebrates meaning there is a lack of data

We are delighted to have been awarded a grant of £1.23 million from the National Lottery Heritage Fund for this project.

Before You Attend

Please note that after booking on to the event:

  • You will need to download the Zoom software before we start. This is free and you can do so here: https://zoom.us/
  • You can sign into the Zoom test meeting any time before to test if everything is working for you here: https://zoom.us/test
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