Dark Bush Cricket Pholidoptera griseoaptera (De Geer, 1773)
Crickets and Grasshoppers belong to the order Orthoptera and the current UK list contains around 30 species, including several known migrants and accidentals. Nottinghamshire currently has around 15 species on it's list, a list which includes the Dark Bush Cricket. Yet this large species was thought to have died out here, with no Nottinghamshire records since last recorded along the Bingham Linear Park in 2003.

But it was reported by Louise and Alastair Gordon from field edges/ditches at Weston in the Trent Valley, where it had apparently been present since at least 2011 and remains in that area, being recorded in good numbers audibly in August 2022. It has since been found (2022) at Kirton Wood (Brownley, N. and Brownley, S.), so is obviously more widespread than thought, probably along the Trent Valley.

In the south of the UK, Dark Bush Cricket is common and we found them to be numerous on Brambles growing on a former landfill site at Dartford, Kent.
Dark Bush Cricket nymph, photographed by Nick and Samantha Brownley at Kirton Wood May 2022.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Pholidoptera griseoaptera
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Louise and Alastair Gordon. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Roy Frost. Nick and Samantha Brownley.

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated August 2022

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