Sighted: Speckled Bush-cricket

Speckled Bush-cricket (Leptophyes punctatissima)

This little lady was brought into the office yesterday (26/09/2016) by Jed Lloyd a ranger of in neighbouring Halton. It's a Speckled Bush Cricket (Leptophyes punctatissima). Predominantly a species of south and middle England and Wales and one which, while noted to occur over a wider area, we have had very few records for Merseyside. In fact on checking the database we have zero records! However, we're pretty sure in the office that someone has mentioned this seeing this species on or near the Sefton Coast so we'll be looking into that.

This particular cricket was found a stones throw from the office in Jed's back garden (SJ449907). If you happen to spot one of these (or something you think looks like it!) then we'd love to hear from you. You can upload a photo using our 'submit a sighting' page, email us, or share your sighting with us on Facebook or Twitter.

Keep your eyes peeled they could be moving your way!

For more information on the Speckled Bush-cricket check out the Wildlife Trusts species account