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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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06 January, 2015

Roesels Bush Cricket: | Nature Notes

Roesel's Bush Cricket (Metrioptera roeselii) is new to Dorset being first recorded here in 2005. In his excellent book "The Grasshoppers, Bush-crickets and allies of Dorset" Bryan Edwards explains that this was once a species confined to the south east of England but in the 1990's it started to increase its range becoming common in the Thames Valley and then spreading further west and is now well established here in Dorset. It seems to like riverside vegetation and is present in some numbers along the Stour and Avon valleys. Although still mainly an east Dorset species it is still gradually pushing further west.

Read more: Roesels Bush Cricket: | Nature Notes