Oak Bush Cricket Meconema thalassinum (De Geer, 1773)
Crickets and Grasshoppers belong to the order Orthoptera and the current UK list contains around 30 species, including several known migrants/accidentals. Nottinghamshire currently has 15 species on it's list. The Oak Bush Cricket is fairly commonly distributed across much of Nottinghamshire, probably being most common in the Sherwood Forest area. It does occasionally turn up in more suburban areas and is regularly found on the walls of Worksop Priory. This is relatively easy Cricket to find, often exposed on the trunks of trees or walls of buildings.
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Oak Bush Cricket nymph stages
 
 
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Meconema thalassinum
 
 
 
 
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Allan Binding. Rob Johnson. K N A Alexander (Invertebrate assemblage condition at Birklands and Bilhaugh SSSI and Birklands West and Ollerton Corner SSSI survey reports 2009-10). Meg Skinner. Sandra Parkin. Andy Adcock. Sean Tobin. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records).

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 February 2017

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