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New Forest Cicada Project

Main Project Information
Goal Help scienists rediscover the only cicada native to the UK.
Task Use smartphone app to "hear" cicadas' song not audible to humans
Where New Forest National Park, SO41 9ZG England SO41 9ZG UK

The New Forest Cicada is the only cicada native to the UK. During May to July it sings with a very characteristic high-pitched song, which is at the limits of human hearing, and is particularly difficult for most adults to hear. Sightings of the cicada within the New Forest date back to 1812, but the last unconfirmed sighting was in 2000. However, it's quite likely that colonies remain undiscovered in less visited parts of the forest. The New Forest Cicada Project aims to equip the millions of visitors to the forest with a smart phone app that can detect and recognise the song of the cicada, and hopes to rediscover it in 2013.

How to Join

Download the app for Android and iOS from http://newforestcicada/app, visit the New Forest (Hampshire, UK) and join the Hunt!

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Required Gear

An Android device or an iPhone, iPad or iPod of any kind.

Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity On a walk, run, On a hike
Tags android, cicada, galaxy, htc, insect, ipad, iphone, ipod, new forest, new forest cicada, nexus, smartphone, sound detection
Project Updated 04/23/2017