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Broch

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I am spending a few days down in Suffolk and, last night, I realised I could hear crickets chirping in the hedges. It dawned on me that I haven't heard them for years and we don't have any around us in Mid Wales.

So, I was wondering, are they confined to Southern UK or are they just missing in patches? How far North are crickets heard?

Having spent part of my childhood in North Africa, I think I miss that sound :(
 
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JonathanD

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We hardly get any around by us. But this year I have seen an amazing amount and all kinds of different species. Wonderful listening to them at night. No idea what has caused this population boom.

I spent a few years in Meru, Kenya as a kid, so know what you mean.
 
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Robson Valley

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As far as I know, no crickets west of the Rockies. I have not heard them, outside of a pet shop, in years. I used to go east in the summers and crickets galore. I miss that cheerful chirping.
 

TeeDee

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They are definitely more prevalent down south. Somerset, Devon and Cornwall having large populations.
Quite correct - we are the sorting centre and holding point for a lot of the Crickets.

In fact we are stock piling them - just in case we need to dispatch a plague on someone.
 

slowworm

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The may be common down here but I've seen more this year than previous ones. Proper crickets as well, none of this 100 rubbish.
 
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Broch

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I don't know of 'field crickets' we have various 'bush crickets' such as the dark bush cricket Pholidoptera griseoaptera which is supposed to be in Mid Wales - I just never hear them.
 

Spirit fish

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I am spending a few days down in Suffolk and, last night, I realised I could hear crickets chirping in the hedges. It dawned on me that I haven't heard them for years and we don't have any around us in Mid Wales.

So, I was wondering, are they confined to Southern UK or are they just missing in patches? How far North are crickets heard?

Having spent part of my childhood in North Africa, I think I miss that sound :(
loads in Doncaster in South yorkshire I'm not a expert on insects but there little green crickets
 
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henchy3rd

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Funny you bought this up.
I was lying in a meadow taking in the sounds of insects just last week & the specked bush cricket was plentiful here in Derby/ Leicester boarders near the River Derwent.
 

Nice65

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I'm in the south east and we hear (and see) them all the time.
How odd. I just assumed they were universal in the UK.
Same here. Up in grassland on the Downs every step sees a hurried exit by dozens of them. More this year though.
 

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