Cicadetta montana

The search for Britain’s only native species of cicada

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By Chris Baraniuk Technology repórter

This year, late in the summer, University of Oxford computer scientist Alex Rogers got an alert on his phone.

It was an email from an automated system telling him that a recording of a New Forest cicada’s song might have been detected.

The species, Cicadetta montana, hadn’t had a confirmed sighting in Britain for 15 years. It’s a fascinating creature – the only cicada native to Britain and one which is considered endangered across much of Europe. Read more.